Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer 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 an international Number One bestseller. Victoria Cribb studied and worked in Iceland for many years. She has translated more than 25 novels from the Icelandic and, in 2017, she received the Or stir honourary translation award for services to Icelandic literature.
A very good book, gripping and interesting, with all the threads carefully managed. Hopefully the author will publish as many books as possible with lead character Hulda * Vikan Magazine, on The Island * Out of all of Ragnar's books, this is the one I like the most . . . the book of his which reminds me most of Agatha Christie * Kiljan, on The Island * Hulda Hermannsdottir is a welcome addition to the selection of Icelandic crime fiction protagonists . . . It is almost impossible to put the book down until the last word has been read * Frettabladid * The threads lie in various places, the plot is well woven and the pieces in the puzzle come together well in the end. The structure is good, the main characters are believable, the story flows well, everyone is a suspect a la Agatha Christie and the solution unveils the mystery and leads the readers to the truth. But not all the truth, as some things are better left hidden * Morgunbladid (Icelandic newspaper) * Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir . . . all the skillful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone * Sunday Express * The ending hits the reader like a kick in the stomach * Frettatiminn * Seductive . . . an old-fashioned murder mystery with a strong central character and the fascinating background o fa small Icelandic town cut off by snow. Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully -- Anne Cleeves Distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction...atmospheric...economical and evocative prose * The Guardian on Nightblind * His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning hte pages * The Independent on Snowblind * Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir -- Peter James A modern take on Agatha Christie - style mystery, as twisty as any slalom . . . -- Ian Rankin, on Snowblind A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens... first rate and highly recommended -- Lee Child I often get asked about tips on good crime novels which are not like everything else . Well, here you have it. Read Ragnar Jonasson's trilogy from beginning to end, let the brain work, the body shake and be amazed at how the author also lets the language follow the development of the story . . . hats off * GoeteborgsPosten * One of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction * Sunday Times * Adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir * Anthony Horowitz * Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the Hulda series! * Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door * Praise for Ragnar Jonasson * - * Snow and ice provide the background to Ragnar Jonasson's latest exploration of trauma and hardship in Iceland. Throughout the novel, the characters' wilful refusal to face reality is both exasperating and credible * Literary Review * Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded * Publishers Weekly *