Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ragnar Jonasson

Ragnar Jonasson's new novel is Nightblind. From his Q&A with Mike Yawn for the Houston Chronicle:

Q: "Nightblind" has been a hit overseas, but it makes its North American debut this month. Tell us about the book.

A: This novel is part of my Dark Iceland series, but I try to write each novel so that it can stand alone, permitting first-time readers to enjoy them. "Nightblind" features Ari Thor, a young, recently graduated policeman who moves to a town, Siglufjörður, that is isolated and mostly uneventful. Thor establishes himself in this town, and he has a new boss who, in the first chapter of "Nightblind," is shot. Thor has to investigate, and it becomes one of the highest-profile cases in Iceland.

Q: Any time a police officer is shot, it's going to be news, but this is particularly true in Iceland.

A: Yes, no police officer has ever been killed in the line of duty in Iceland. Conversely, in the entire history of Iceland, the police have only fatally shot a suspect one time.

Q: Though the novel addresses a fatal shooting, it also focuses on domestic violence.

A: Iceland doesn't have many murders — maybe two to three per year — so I didn't want that necessarily to be the focus of my novel. But domestic violence...[read on]
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