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About the Author
- ASIN : B0816ZRCYJ
- Publisher : Orenda Books (September 1, 2017)
- Publication date : September 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 793 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 211 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ari Thor Arason receives a phone call from his old friend and former boss, Tomas. There has been a questionable death in a remote setting in the north of Iceland. He wants Ari Thor to go with him to investigate the case.
Ari Thor's partner is eight months pregnant with their first child. He wants badly to go, but should he? He solves the problem by taking Kristin with him.
This is an interesting book with a solution, on the surface of things, seems like it would be easy to suss out. There are only four suspects: three men and one woman. An elderly brother and sister, a young man and a middle-aged man.
But the case turns out to be much more complicated than it appears at first. These people are keeping secrets; some of them many years old. When another murder occurs, the tension in the story ratchets up. Mr. Jonasson does a great job of not giving anything away. He had me guessing until the end.
Ari Thor is a much more likable character than Tomas. Tomas was rather brusk and rude at times. Whereas Ari Thor was more contemplative and thoughtful. I enjoyed this book, and certainly look forward to reading more of Mr. Jonasson's novels.
A word about Quentin Bates. I hadn't realized he had spent so much time in Iceland. His translation is simply wonderful. I have read all of his books as well and they are great.
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In Whiteout, we get a peculiar puzzle for Ari Thor to solve. A woman returns to her roots, only to be found at the bottom of the cliffs the next day. She has been murdered. There is something odd about Asta's murder. Her fate seems to be identical to that of two close members of her family. Both Asta's mother and sister were found dead, in precisely the same place over twenty years ago. Three suspicious deaths from one family rings alarm bells. Ari Thor and his former boss, Tomas, are soon looking for answers in this remote spot.
With a small cast of suspects and an isolated setting, this has the feel of a gorgeous classic whodunnit. Evil is lurking. The body count is rising. It is a place of secrets. It is also Christmas time. Iceland is a winter wonderland, with heavy snow falling in the bitter cold. This all intensifies the sense of isolation and climate of escalating uncertainty. We also get a little insight into the traditional celebrations in Iceland. Exchanging books at Christmas is rather wonderful.
Accomplished and tense, with the perfect tone and pace. This series hits all the right notes. Excellence from Ragnar Jonasson, as usual. Recommended.
Action takes place in an old house alongside a lighthouse on the coast, where there has been a history of issues, and there are only about 5 characters. Ragnar has worked on translating Agatha Chistie and this claustrophobic legacy is clear here!
After further deaths, and some historical enlightenment the plot unfolds, but yet again it's Ari Thor's story, and an enjoyable one at that. The cases are solved, but we are left with some opening threads for the final book in the series. I look forward to it!!
This is not the best novel of it's kind that I have read but still remains a great read, each preceding page drawing you onto the next. The writing spare but both Mr Jonasson and his translator do a wonderful job of holding the tale together. If you enjoy the crime/detective or Scandi-Noir genres then you will love this book. A page turner.