Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from Ragnar Jonasson, an extraordinary new talent.
Where: An isolated fishing village in the fjords of northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors.
Who: Ari Thór is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavík.
What: A young woman is found lying half naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Snowblind includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide
The 2008 financial crash provides the backdrop for J nasson's sterling debut, a tale of past and present revenge, which combines the power of extreme climate and geography with penetrating psychological analysis. Ari Th r Arason, a 24-year-old rookie policeman and former theology student, leaves his medical-student lover, Krist n, in Reykjav k for his first assignment in Siglufj rdur, an isolated village on the north coast of Iceland. As the long, dark winter settles in, Ari Th r becomes embroiled in old hurts that roil beneath the surface of Siglufj rdur, where secrets spread swiftly. The fatal fall of a drunken actor down a flight of stairs in the local theater appears to be an accident or is it? As in the medieval Icelandic sagas, small physical details produce striking characterizations ("He peered at her and his lip twisted oddly, as if he was trying to smile, but at the same time hold it back"). J nasson skillfully alternates points of view and shifts of time that set in relief Ari Th r's efforts to find a purpose to his lonely life. The action builds to a shattering climax.