Ragnar J nasson is an international number one bestselling author who has sold over two million books in thirty-two countries worldwide. He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. He is currently writing a novel with the Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrin Jakobsd ttir. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.
Jonasson is a connoisseur of 'unrelenting darkness'; the atmosphere of paranoid claustrophobia [Jonasson] creates is so intense you can't help gripping the book as tightly as possible * The Times * Entertaining, suspenseful and twisty. Highly recommended for fans of Ragnar Jonasson and suspense thrillers in general * Mystery Tribune * Lord of the Flies for grown-ups * Times Radio * Chillingly terrifying, brilliantly entertaining, captivating the reader from page one. Impossible to put down * Frettabladid * The author describes the difficult conditions of the four main characters in such a brilliant way that in an instant the reader finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings which neither the reader nor the characters can control * Morgunbladid * A superb page-turner, Outside breathes fresh and unsettling life into the classic locked room mystery -- Kevin Wignall Raw with cold and rich in atmosphere, Outside is an Arctic Inspector Calls for a new generation -- Matt Wesolowski His best yet . . . Having read all of Jonasson's previous offerings. Outside confirms that here is an author at the top of his game, with complete command of his audience * On Magazine * A stunningly original take on the looked-room mystery, where fear of a treacherous snowstorm outside an isolated hut is matched by mistrust among the terrified occupants. Tense. Very tense -- Michael Ridpath Four friends find safety from a snowstorm in a remote Icelandic hut - or so they think. Jonasson's twisting, elegantly crafted story will keep you hooked till the very last page -- William Ryan Ragnar Jonasson is so skilled in depicting the environment where the story takes place, it becomes one of the characters. It is so atmospheric, I am immediately transported to the Icelandic moors, feeling the cold all the way to the bones. I read with bated breath, my heart pounding with the looming knowledge that soon something bad is about to happen -- Sara Blaedel Yet another humdinger from Iceland's finest crime writer -- Ryan Tubridy Jonasson offers an intense standalone, taking to new heights his unrivalled skill for using winter as an unpredictable plot-twister . . . There is so much to like here: the complexity of the quartet's relationships, Jonasson's powerful, streamlined writing, and the parallels between an unforgiving setting and the characters' seething grudges. Readers will be drawn into Jonasson's forbidding Iceland landscape, where it's anyone's guess who will make it out alive * Booklist * Entertaining, suspenseful and twisty. Overall, highly recommended for fans of Ragnar Jonasson and suspense thrillers in general * Mystery Tribune * Chilling thriller by the king of Icelandic noir . . . so gripping I can't put it down -- Fiona Cummings A shivery delight * Kirkus Reviews * Jonasson's spare prose and brisk pacing make for an immersive read . . . Outside is an intriguing study of isolation, claustrophobia and the particular menace to be found in beautiful yet unforgiving terrain * Private Eye * Jonasson is a master at exploring the impact of claustrophobia brought on by darkness and enclosed spaces. He an avid fan of Agatha Christie, and Outside is an adaptation, with an Icelandic twist, of the classic locked-door mystery * Canberra Times * Praise for Ragnar Jonasson * - * Jonasson is an automatic must-read for me . . . possibly the best Scandi writer working today Triumphant . . . Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense -- Ian Rankin * - * Dark, chilling and utterly gripping -- Shari Lapena * - * Such a tense, gripping read -- Anthony Horowitz * - * A world-class crime writer. One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction. * The Sunday Times * A master of the Icelandic thriller. * New York Post * Is this the best crime writer in the world today? . . . He's truly a master of his genre * The Times Online * Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir * Daily Mail * Fiendishy clever * Financial Times * Triumphant conclusion to the trilogy. Only Ragnar Jonasson has rendered hindsight so heartbreaking * Sunday Times (on the Hidden Iceland trilogy) * It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction * The Times * The red hot crime writer from the frozen north . . . One of the most important voices on the international crime scene * The Times * Ragnar Jonasson has a gift for crafting clever whodunnits while conveying the intimidating beauty of his native Iceland * Vogue Scandinavia * Jonasson has the full measure of the Nordic noir genre, and pushes all the buttons * Financial Times * Expertly Plotted * Guardian *