From the million-copy bestselling author, perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson, Anne Holt, and The Killing.
"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
One thousand years ago: An Icelandic warrior returns from battle, bearing a ring cut from the right hand of his foe.
Seventy years ago: An Oxford professor, working from a secret source, creates the twentieth century's most pervasive legend. The professor's name? John Ronald Reuel Tolkein.
Six hours ago: An expert on Old Iceland literature, Agnar Haraldsson, is murdered.
Everything is connected, but to discover how, Detective Magnus Jonson must venture where the shadows lie...
Praise for the A Magnus Iceland Mystery series:
'International thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location.' -- Peter James
'Ingenious and thrilling. Fascinating stuff.' -- Spectator
'A clever blend of murder mystery, myth and up-to-the-minute mayhem...' --The Times
'Entertaining stuff.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Terrific! Great plot and splendid pacing...' -- Simon Brett
'A first class mystery.' -- Booklist
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This first book in Michael Ridpath’s Fire and Ice series introduces Magnus Jonson, a surly but righteous Boston homicide detective who returns to his native Iceland. Amid the elemental landscape of forbidding glaciers and active volcanoes, the charismatic policeman is drawn into a fascinating murder case involving a rediscovered medieval saga, Tolkien fanatics who send email in Elvish and an evil country pastor obsessed with ’70s rock. Ridpath’s witty, authoritative voice, evocative settings and assured pacing make Where the Shadows Lie an electrifying crime thriller.
Ridpath (Fatal Error) smoothly melds history, legend, and a police procedural in this first of a crime series set in Iceland. When a Dominican drug cartel targets Sgt. Det. Magnus Jonson of the Boston PD's homicide unit, Magnus is taken out of harm's way and assigned to the Icelandic police force in a country where handguns are banned even for cops. Magnus joins the investigation of the murder of Agnar Haraldsson, a professor who specialized in Icelandic sagas and legends, which also are Magnus's lifelong hobby. Agnar uncovered a lost saga that may have been the basis for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. In particular, the saga maintains that a powerful and extremely valuable ring is hidden in Iceland. The clues lead to a worldwide group of Tolkien fanatics and an in-debt art gallery owner. The tension rises after the Dominicans go after Magnus's loved ones in Boston and also travel to Iceland. Ridpath deftly explores the influence myths have on a contemporary, credit-strapped Iceland.
Where Shadows Lie
A good read, well thought out and descriptive enough to make you feel the cold. Don't know Iceland so interesting. Would read another by this author
An excellent read
Having never been to Iceland I was enthralled from start to finish and can't now wait to visit. This is the first Michael Ridpath book I have read but it won't be the last.
Edge of nowhere
With all of the Icelandic folklore intermingled with the plot it became gripping reading, excellent stuff.