Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

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Siglufjörour: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.

Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.

When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one and secrets and lies are a way of life.

An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal.  Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust even deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.  

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The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Blurb On The Back:

I’m going to tell you something.  A little story.  A tragic tale.  I advise you to listen carefully. 

It’s about a legacy …

The murder was meant as a punishment – but what sin could justify the method?

The only person who might have answers is the victim’s ten-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died.  And she’s not talking.

Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children’s House for their expertise with traumatised young people.  Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased.  But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe.

It may prove tricky.  The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio.  He’s telling a dark and secret story – but how can they crack the code?  And if they do, will they be next?

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