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The Darkness: Hidden Iceland 1- Ragnar Jónasson

The Darkness: Hidden Iceland 1- Ragnar Jónasson

These low numbered books are from an exclusive edition of only 350 copies.

Title: The Darkness

Author:  Ragnar Jonasson

ISBN:  9780718187248

Weight:  817g

Numbered and signed first edition, first printing




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The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson

The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore.  After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed.

Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement.  She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her.  But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice.

She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country.  Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story.  Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation.  Meanwhile the clock is ticking.

Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.

Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Darkness is a bullet train of a novel, at once blazingly contemporary and Agatha-Christie old-fashioned.  With prose as pure and crisp as Reykjavik snowcrust, Ragnar Jónasson navigates the treacherous narrative with a veteran’s hand.  I reached the end with adrenalized anticipation, the final twist hitting me in the face.  I dare you not to be shocked.

Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X

A sympathetic yet entirely unsentimental portrait of a flawed but decent detective seeking justice for a murdered Russian asylum seeker.

Sunday Times Crime Club

The Darkness is Ragnar Jónasson at the top of his game – deft plotting, a great central character and a story as chilling as the Icelandic winter.  I couldn’t put it down.

William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Darkness
Translator: Victoria Cribb
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of only 350 books books was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each copy has a combined title / number authentication page, which shows the book’s handwritten number.

Book numbers: Choice of 40 or 47 [of 350, subject to availability]
Series: Hidden Iceland – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title / number authentication page
Book Stats
Publisher: Penguin Books
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780718187248
ISBN 10: 0718187245
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 310
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 163 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Bill Waters
Jacket image: Ebru Sidar / Arcangel Images

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