"International thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location." --Peter James, #1 international bestselling author of Dead Man’s Grip


In Iceland, revenge is best served at arctic temperatures…


Iceland 1934: Two boys playing in the lava fields that surround their isolated farmsteads see ...

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Far North

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"International thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location." --Peter James, #1 international bestselling author of Dead Man’s Grip


In Iceland, revenge is best served at arctic temperatures…


Iceland 1934: Two boys playing in the lava fields that surround their isolated farmsteads see something they shouldn't have. The consequences will haunt them and their families for generations.


Iceland 2009: the credit crunch bites. The currency has been devalued, banks nationalized, savings annihilated, lives ruined. Grassroots revolution is in the air, as is the feeling that someone ought to pay...ought to pay the blood price. And in a country with a population of just 300,000 souls, in a country where everyone knows everybody, it isn't hard to draw up a list of exactly who is responsible.


And then, one-by-one, to cross them off.


Iceland 2010: As bankers and politicians start to die, at home and abroad, it is up to Magnus Jonson to unravel the web of conspirators before they strike again. But while Magnus investigates the crimes of the present, the crimes of the past are catching up with him in Far North, the newest heart-stopping mystery from acclaimed author Michael Ridpath.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 2008 financial meltdown sets the backdrop for Ridpath’s impressive second crime thriller featuring Magnus Jonson, a Boston police detective who moved from Iceland with his father to the U.S. at age 12 and has been recently seconded to the Icelandic police force (after 2011’s Where the Shadows Lie). After participating ina protest in 2009 as part of the so-called pots-and-pans revolution, unemployed banker Harpa Einarsdóttir accidentally kills her former boss, Gabríel Örn. Eight months later, another leading figure in Icelandic banking, Óskar Gunnarsson, who was suspected of fraud, is shot to death during a visit to London. Magnus, assigned to the second case, soon wonders about a link between the two deaths. Meanwhile, he remains haunted by the unsolved murder of his father, Ragnar, stabbed in the back in Duxbury, Mass., when Magnus was 20. The significance of the flashback sequences beginning in 1934 isn’t immediately clear, but Ridpath skillfully weaves them into the story. Agent: Oliver Munson, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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Praise for Far North


*Reached #9 on the Icelandic bestseller list*

"It's impossible to see that the book is written by a foreigner who just recently got to know the country he is writing about. His descriptions of the mentality after the crash are perfect. ... Far North is an exciting and entertaining read." —Morgunbladid (Iceland)

"A complex and splendid story which is hard to put down." —Vidskiptabladid Weekly (Iceland) 


“Excellent stuff, bang up to date as those seeming responsible for the financial collapse start to die.” –The Bookseller

“It’s brave of Ridpath to try to beat Nordic crime writers on their own turf, but he does his best – which is very good indeed.” —The Guardian

“Ridpath's novel uses Iceland's stark landscape to bring into vivid focus the effect of a troubled economy on people's lives.” –San Antonio News


Praise for Where the Shadows Lie

"Michael Ridpath is on the war path, trouncing the Scandinavians on their home turf.   This is international thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location." —Peter James, #1 international bestselling author of Dead Like You

“The latest novel by British crime writer Ridpath is highly imaginative, with a striking setting and a marvelous story… Ridpath does a fine job of immersing us in Icelandic culture, and Magnus, who is the anchor of a proposed series of novels, is a thoroughly fascinating character, not so much a fish out of water as a man reconnecting with his own heritage. Exotic and compelling, a first-class mystery.” –Booklist, starred review

"This highly atmospheric and addictive thriller brings in elements that will entice both crime fiction and fantasy readers. If your readers like a treasure-hunting chase, give them this one. With Tolkien groupies, Internet hacking, and revenge, this title has no shortage of appeal. Clearly, Ridpath, the author of eight financial thrillers, has his own trilogy in mind." —Library Journal, starred review

 “A clever blend of murder mystery, myth and up-tothe- minute mayhem.. . Whether you’re a fan of orcs, Gimli and Legolas or Elmore Leonard and “The Sopranos”, there’s something in this. . . thriller for you.”

—The London Times

“This is a good story set in a fascinating place and spiced with some sharp observation.”

—Literary Review

Where the Shadows Lie is ingenious, and briskly narrated. Like many good thriller writers, Ridpath is adept at informing as well as thrilling — you can learn a great deal about Iceland, ancient and modern, here, and it’s fascinating stuff.” –The Spectator


“A superbly entertaining thriller. . . Michael Ridpath, no stranger to big sales figures, has another hit on his hands.”

—Shots Magazine

“A five-star effort as an entry in the select genre called ‘Icelandic novels written by non-Icelanders’”


“Kinetic… Apart from the impressive scene setting, Ridpath makes a mark with his detective, Iceland-born, Boston-raised homicide cop Magnus Johnson, as striking a protagonist as readers will have encountered in the crime fiction field for some time.  It’s looking like Ridpath will be giving his Scandinavian rivals a run for their money.” –The Good Book Guide

“It’s an intriguing story, all the more so for its unusual backdrop, and Magnus makes a particularly convincing detective, with his unconventional background.” — The Oxford Times

Praise for Michael Ridpath:

“Ridpath has that read-on factor that sets bestsellers apart”

The Guardian

“Ridpath’s thrillers are remarkable for having their finger on the pulse.”

Mail on Sunday

“Riveting reading.”

The Times (London)

“Taut strongly plotted… provides a rush of blood to the head and stings your page-turning fingertips.”


“Thrillers… that never fail to deliver satisfaction and excitement.”

Daily Mail


Kirkus Reviews
Detective Sgt. Magnus Jonson, seconded from Boston to Reykjavík, tackles two cases, one with global consequences, the other striking considerably closer to home. In the wake of the calamitous financial meltdown that's paralyzed Iceland, Óskar Gunnarsson, ex-chairman of the Ódinsbanki, has taken himself off to London, but that's not far enough for whomever shoots him to death. The Metropolitan Police are far from certain that his killer was Icelandic, but they send DS Sharon Piper from Kensington to Reykjavík to liaise with local law enforcement just in case. Magnus is only too eager to work the case even before Inspector Baldur Jakobsson, head of the Violent Crimes Unit, hands it to him. He wastes no time in connecting Gunnarsson's murder to the suspicious suicide several months earlier of Ódinsbanki manager Gabríel Örn Bergsson. And rightly so, since author Ridpath has already shown Bergsson being killed by his subordinate and lover Harpa Einarsdóttir, whose anger that he swindled her and her father out of their life savings and then threw her under the bus was whipped into a fury by an unlikely crew of agitators: aging punk rocker Sindri Pálsson, fisherman Björn Helgason, London School of Economics student Ísak Samúelsson and laid-off chef Frikki Eiríksson. Whoever pulled the trigger on Gunnarsson, Magnus realizes, has more targets in mind. But despite the Boston cop's instincts, he's seriously distracted from the case by disturbing new information about a long-simmering family feud that involves his own Icelandic relatives. Which case will claim his deepest loyalty? As in Where the Shadows Lie (2011), Magnus doesn't shine as a detective, and his fish-out-of-water act could just as easily have played out back home in Boston. Even so, his second case is bound to hook readers who wonder about either the fictional or the real-life implications of the Icelandic financial crisis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250014788
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Fire and Ice , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 147,469
  • File size: 481 KB

Meet the Author

MICHAEL RIDPATH spent eight years as a bond trader in London before giving up his job to write full-time.  He is the bestselling author of eight financial thrillers and has been published in 38 languages.  Far North is the second in a new series featuring detective Magnus Jonson.  Michael lives in north London with his wife and three children.

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