Blackout – Ragnar Jonasson

Despite the puff, this is run of the mill nordic noir, with not that much to raise it above the ordinary. It’s alright, but nothing outstanding.

The crime at the center of the novel is the murder by vicious assault of one man, a team leader of a crew working on a civil engineering project in remote Iceland. Ari Thór Arason, the lead policeman, is struggling with his personal life as well as the challenge of this case. Meantime, there’s a reporter snooping about, and another potential victim just around the corner.

It has its moments, but is largely pedestrian.

For dedicated readers only.