Ragnar Jonasson

author of the Dark Iceland series

The lead character in the series is a young policeman in the small town of Siglufjordur in Northern Iceland - Ari Thor. Ari is an old Icelandic word meaning “Eagle” and Thor is a reference to his namesake from Old Norse mythology.
 
Ari Thor lost both his parents as a child and was raised by his grandmother. He spent a few years trying to find a suitable path for the future – studying philosophy but giving up and subsequently starting to study theology. At the beginning of the first book in the series, he has also given up on theology and is about to graduate as a policeman, with his first job being in the small and remote villlage in Northern Iceland. He is in an on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend, a medical student. Ari Thor is a warm but a partly broken person. He does not have many friends, is prone to jealousy and lack of compassion, and is still trying to fully come to terms with the loss of his parents. The isolation of this cold and distant place up north is also something which he finds it hard to get used to. Embittered by the fact that he had lost his parents as a boy, he sometimes feels that the world was never meant to be a fair and just place – that justice is only an illusion.

Ari Thor's first job as a policeman is in the town of Siglufjordur, photo, in the dead of winter. Photo © Sigurður Ægisson

Ari Thor's first job as a policeman is in the town of Siglufjordur, photo, in the dead of winter. Photo © Sigurður Ægisson