"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.
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 in a protest in 2009 as part of the so-called pots-and-pans revolution, unemployed banker Harpa Einarsd ttir accidentally kills her former boss, Gabr el rn. Eight months later, another leading figure in Icelandic banking, skar 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.