On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer's night...a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person's life hangs in the balance ... What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding?
Blackout takes place following the events of Snowblind, book one in the Dark Iceland series. Blackout begins with the discovery of a body: a man has been brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. A young reporter in Reykjavik leaves the city, heading north to investigate the crime. The victim has ties to Siglufjordur, and Ari Thor and his colleagues find themselves in the middle of a case that becomes murkier with each passing moment. What secrets did the dead man hold? Why is this young reporter so invested in this case? And what larger implications will this case have for Ari Thor’s town? Blackout is an atmospheric, chilling story of past horrors and their present-day implications.
Blackout follows young police officer Ari Thor Arason as he moves and gets used to life in small-town northern Iceland ... Blackout broadens the narrative to follow the simultaneous investigation of journalist Isrun, plus opens the point of view to several other characters who have unique insight in the situation. Although this broadening of the number of involved characters results in this novel losing a bit of the tight, focused intensity of the previous books, it does allow Jonasson to further explore the characters. As I have said in past reviews about this series, the characters are absolutely one of the strongest parts of these stories. Not only are they interesting and flawed, but they are capable of a degree of self-awareness and self-reflection that you don’t often see ... If you have not yet started on the Dark Iceland series, pick up Snowblind, and be sure to also pick up this newest edition to the series! Blackout will grip you.
Jónasson’s captivating third Ari Thór Arason whodunit to be translated into English finds Ari Thór, a policeman in the small Icelandic town of Siglufjördur, troubled by his recent breakup with the woman he once considered the only one for him. He’s distracted from his personal woes by a murder case; someone has killed contractor Elías Freysson by smashing him in the face with a length of timber studded with a nail. The victim was known for his charitable work, but the discovery in Freysson’s rooms of a duffel bag stuffed with cash suggests that the man was involved in something underhanded.