Orenda Books is to publish the sixth and final book in Ragnar Jónasson's Dark Iceland series.
Publisher Karen Sullivan acquired world English language rights to Winterkill, in a deal negotiated with David Headley of DHH Literary Agency.
She said: "I am absolutely elated to acquire rights to Winterkill and honoured to publish the sixth and final book in this evocative series.
"Snowblind, the first in the Dark Iceland series, was one of the first books we published at Orenda, and Ragnar Jónasson quickly claimed his significant corner of the crime-fiction market, knocking The Girl on the Train off the top of the e-book charts for the first time and going on to sell over a million copies of his books around the world. The Dark Iceland series has not only achieved mesmerising critical acclaim, but remains, hands-down, our bestselling series.
"Winterkill is classic Ragnar Jónasson, chilling, twisty and tense—that fabulous blend of Golden Age crime and Nordic Noir—and it’s set once again in the northernmost town in Iceland, bound on one side by mountains, on another by the sea, with only a tunnel providing access to the outside world. As a ferocious blizzard sets in, wiping out power, the town is plunged into darkness, making Ari Thór’s investigation all the more unpredictable… and dangerous. We’ll be throwing everything behind this book to get it into the hands of Ragnar’s avid readers and honestly cannot wait to publish Winterkill."
Jónasson has sold 61,525 books for £507,535 through Nielsen BookScan's UK TCM, with his bestseller 2015's Snowblind on 15,937 copies in paperback.
He said: "I am delighted to be working again with Karen Sullivan on one last novel about Ari Thór. As the publisher of the Dark Iceland series in the UK, she did a wonderful job of bringing Ari Thór to readers and I know that she will do the same with Winterkill."
The book will be translated from the French edition by David Warriner, and published by Orenda Books in e-book and hardback in December 2020. An exclusive, signed and numbered hardback edition will also be availble through Goldsboro Books. Paperback copies will be available from January 2021.