The Ring Road

The Ring Road

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by Edward Weinman
     
 
A glacial volcano awakens with a series of eruptions, ensnaring ex-cop Hobson in a bizarre murder investigation involving a road-weary homicide detective, a brutal pimp, and a homicidal sheep farmer. As Hobson falls in with a group of enigmatic tourists trying to survive the volcanic aftermath, the chase for a killer pushes them all to the watery edge of the

Overview

A glacial volcano awakens with a series of eruptions, ensnaring ex-cop Hobson in a bizarre murder investigation involving a road-weary homicide detective, a brutal pimp, and a homicidal sheep farmer. As Hobson falls in with a group of enigmatic tourists trying to survive the volcanic aftermath, the chase for a killer pushes them all to the watery edge of the inhabitable world.

Editorial Reviews

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Andy Porter
"Fire, ice and murder – Writer’s debut novel takes readers to the edge."
Author of Under the Dixie Moon and Under the Carib Sun - Ro Cuzon
“Edward Weinman’s novel is a hell of a trip – and a trip to Hell – through the unique landscape of Iceland and the no-less peculiar inner lives of some of its more colorful inhabitants…A gripping tale laced with dark twisted humor, I couldn’t put it down. A Nordic Noir not for the faint of heart.”
Reader - Jim Paris
I met Edward Weinman, the author of The Ring Road: A 66 Degrees North Novel, in 2001. He was a feature writer of "The Daily Life" column on The Iceland Review website. His first novel The Ring Road is a tribute to a writer whose career is worth following. The Ring Road advertises itself as a 66 Degree North novel, presumably the first in a series. In this first outing, he has covered a broad swath of Iceland. I am curious to see what other stories he has up his sleeve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148461449
Publisher:
Edward Weinman
Publication date:
09/14/2013
Series:
66 Degrees North , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
822 KB

Meet the Author

Edward Weinman spent nearly one fourth of his life as an expat on Iceland, enduring many long, dark, cold, windy and gray winters. But he made it out alive, having suffered only one nervous breakdown. His debut thriller, The Ring Road, is born out of his life in Reykjavik where he worked as a travel writer. It’s the first novel in the 66 Degrees North Series, a collection of thrillers set in Iceland that examine how extreme isolation can trend us towards violence, and how the absence of forgiveness can degrade us. Edward also co-wrote the film A Little Trip to Heaven, a psychological thriller starring Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles, which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

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The Ring Road 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.  This book had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. And now I want to go to Iceland for all the wrong reasons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark, funny, fascinating, and presenting an entirely different view of the Iceland that I know and love. I know the author-- he was a journalist in Iceland for a very long time. It is nice to see someone who knows about Iceland, and who knows about humanity, put together a novel like this. I recommend this novel overwhelmingly. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope the author isn't writing a second book, the first one was enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read 20 chapters. Should have stopped when the farmer shot his dog. One mess of a book. Maybe it will finally come together, but at this point who would care!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patito02 More than 1 year ago
tried to read but could not get beyond 1st few chapters. Rough language, tough situations and potentially dreadful outcomes. Not for this reader. I bought this book b/c I recently was in Iceland and drove the entire "Ring Road" and thought I could tolerate the violence of the book so I could enjoy once again the beauty of the area. Boy was I wrong!!!! To add to the problems already described the book is poorly written and difficult to follow. By the way I am not prudish about language or violent action but neither should be used just for titillation or simply because one can. Unless you like poorly written books with gratuitous violence and sex plus vulgar language that adds nothing to plot don't buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name:sadie. Age:two years. Gender:mare. Personality: feirce. Specialty:racer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a black American Standeredbred...the fastest horse you will see in USA...he has a white spot on his forhead..and gray hooves..he won 50 races...is Zues..they named him Zues because he was fast and he was strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME Rachel Dawson AGE 17 GENDER really? LOVES riding horses, speed, horses in general HATES slowness, horses that don't obey, lazy horses RANK rider
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME Pheonix AGE 3 yrsGENDER stallion DESC a large black thoroughbred with one leg that has a white sock on his hind leg. He has a white stripe down his face and blue eyes. PERS intteligent and smart. Fun and gentle but he can have a fiery spirit. He hates the crop. Loves to jump and run. He has a teasing personality and determination. Hates godommers and now-it-alls and show offs ect. BREED Thoroughbred FRIENDS Crutch and Jamison FUTURE wants to be a jumper or a racer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mooncelt More than 1 year ago
Take one slightly whack American carrying heavy psychological baggage on a mind-cleansing jaunt, combine with one accidental murder, add some accidental detectives, a psycho pimp, a haunting witch, an island enclosed by a volcanic event, and you get one explosively intriguing novel that you just can't put down. Not for the faint of heart, Weinman's tale of Iceland showcases the politics, culture and geography of this fascinating island in full and colorful glory. If you're ready to branch out into some noir suspense at its best - I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The desperate and lonely characters yearning for escape from the sub-zero  cold and isolation of Iceland in The Ring Road is very compelling, and makes  plausible  the depths some human beings will descend in order to get  themselves out of a bad situation. I think the world has found another Robert  B. Parker in Edward Weinman, although his Hobson is a much more damaged  and bitter protagonist than Spenser. Hope this is just the start of a very long  series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for noir thrillers, and this one got me. I used to think my fetish for Jim Thompson and Charles Willeford was a guilty pleasure, but now I know they had something to say about their times, and Weinman's book is no different - we're just talking contemporary Iceland here, not mid-century America. A wicked plot tightly scripted is always a pleasure, and The Ring Road has it in spades. It's dark, even verging on the gothic, but justice - both physical and psychological - is meted out in the end. A pleasure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit too dark and often overwhelmingly depressing. Good writing but for me, too odd a story and too odd of characters Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious, characters not vivid or memorable! Difficult to read and enjoy. Would not compare this author to stig larson or elmore leonard! Jns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A strong narrative voice, dark humor, fast-paced plotting and unpredictable violence characterize The Ring Road, which shows a curiosity towards catastrophe and details what happens to those who endure the type of isolation experienced on this strange island located in the north Atlantic, on the edge of the uninhabitable world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and Elmore Leonard teamed up on an Icelandic thriller it would be The Ring Road.  I loved the blend of crime, dark fantasy and suspense.  A definite page turner, I couldn't put it down and wanted more after I finished.  I'll keep an eye out for more from Edward Weinman.