by Jonasson, Ragnar; Bates, Quentin (TRN)

After Ari Thâor reopens an unsolved fifty-year old murder case, he teams up with âIsrâun, a news reporter from Reykjavik, but the case proves difficult in a town with secrets and no one wants to know the truth.

RAGNAR JONASSON was born in Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters. Rupture is the fourth book in his Ari Thor thriller series.

Siglufjördur, Iceland, police officer Ari Thór Arason and ambitious Reykjavik reporter Ísrún return (following Blackout, 2018) to investigate a mystery woven into local lore and a scandal linking Iceland's prime minister to murder. Siglufjördur, in Iceland's far north, is quarantined after a tourist succumbs to a deadly, highly contagious virus. With the town's residents reluctant to venture out, Ari Thór has few peacekeeping demands. So, when a beloved local, Hédinn, asks Ari Thór to help identify a mysterious teenager in an old family photograph, he welcomes the diversion. Soon, Ari Thór is immersed in a mystery; around the time the photo was taken, Hédinn's aunt, Jórunn, died after accidentally ingesting rat poison. Ari Thór's investigation into the locals' stories about Hédinn's isolated family farm reveals unanswered questions, including whether the teen could have had a role in Jórunn's death. Against the backdrop of the quarantine and the contrasting bustle of Ísrún's Reykjavik investigation, Ari Thór's dive into haunting oral history cloaks Siglufjördur in eeriness; evocative Nordic crime fiction. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Jónasson returns from his recent Icelandic stand-alone (The Darkness, 2018) to an equally bleak puzzle for Ari Thór Arason, of the Siglufjördur police. Just in case the northern Icelandic town isn't isolated enough by geography and climate, Siglufjördur has been under quarantine ever since a wealthy traveler arrived with a particularly virulent strain of haemorrhagic fever. It seems only appropriate that at a time when Ari Thór's department (Nightblind, 2017, etc.) is in virtual lockdown, a man named Hédinn pressed him to reopen the ice-cold case of Jórunn, Hédinn's aunt, who got a fatal dose of rat poison more than 50 years ago in nearby Hédinsfjödur. Nearby, but even more isolated, the place, devoid of electrical and telephone wires, has been uninhabited ever since Hédinn's father, Gudmundur, retired from the fishing industry to settle his wife, Gudfinna, her sister, Jórunn, and Jórunn's husband, Maríus K nutsson, in the godforsaken spot. Ari Thór's attention immediately focuses on a family photograph from 1957 that includes a young man Hédinn can't identify. But his exploration of the past is sidelined by the hit-and-run death of Snorri Ellertsson, an aspiring musician whose scandalous abuse of alcohol and drugs ended the career of his father, prominent politician Ellert Snorrason, and the kidnapping of Kjartan, a little boy taken from his pram while it was parked outside a cafe in which his mother, Sunna, was having coffee with her sister, trusting in Iceland's low incidence of crime outside the pages of genre fiction. Along the way, Ari Thór's inquiries will repeatedly crisscross those of Ísrún, an ambitious TV reporter whose initial assignment to report on the quarantine blossoms into a series of revelations much darker and deadlier. Readers disappointed in the present-day subplots, which are wound up with remarkable dispatch, will be rewarded by t he even more disturbing revelations from half a century ago. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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