Snow Blind

Snow BlindSnowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
Format: Hardback
Published by Minotaur Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 320


Where: A quiet fishing village in northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors. It is accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Who: Ari Thor is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik. He has a past that he's unable to leave behind.
What: A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. 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.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness―blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent.

Endless days of gray sky set and snow set the stage for me to sit down to read Snow Blind, we haven’t seen the sun in days. Nestled in my comfortable chair in front of the fireplace, I settle into a small town close to the arctic circle were rookie Ari Thor has taken a his first position as a police officer. Shortly after his arrival, a local celebrity is found dead, Ari Thor is drawn to a woman who is not his girlfriend and a partially naked woman is found laying in the snow. While not an action packed thriller, the characters were well-developed holding my attention as the story slowing moved along, like the winter storm that had settled on Siglufjördur.

Victim Without A Face

Victim Without A FaceVictim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem
Format: Hardback
Published by Minotaur Books on September 6th 2016
Pages: 608

Series: Fabian Risk #1

The first book in an internationally bestselling, award-winning thriller series from Sweden, Victim Without a Face is a chilling novel about the ultimate revenge.
Two gruesome murders have shocked the Swedish town of Helsingborg. The first victim, a thug who liked using his fists, died with his hands sawn off. His sidekick, a fan of steel-capped boots, was crushed to death feet-first. Both men were bullies in the same class at school. Is someone serving justice after thirty years?
The killer leaves no trace behind. But for lead investigator Fabian Risk, the lack of forensic evidence is not the only problem. He too was a student in that class—which makes him both a potential victim and a potential suspect...
Full of unremitting suspense and unexpected twists, this is a sensational thriller from a superb debut storyteller.

Fabian Risk doesn’t know when to quit, he is like the energizer bunny he just keeps going and so does his first book, it just keeps going.

Risk has moved back to his hometown, to assume a job as a detective, after losing his job in Stockholm as a cop. It appears that someone is killing members of his high school class. Risk, who seems not to have a wit of good sense immediately becomes involved in the case, thinking that his new working companions are a bunch of dead beats. There are so many things going on in this story it sometimes is hard to keep track of the story line. While I enjoyed the book, the character Fabian Risk was at times grating, it way too long.

I will probably read the second book in the series and see how that goes, if it’s like the first it may be the last.