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Michael Ridpath
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1 Feb 2011 Fire & Ice 1
Amid Iceland's wild, volcanic landscape, rumours swirl of an eight-hundred-year-old manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power. A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumours can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one. Something worth killing for. Something that will cost Professor Agnar Haraldsson his life. Untangling murder from myth is Iceland-born, Boston-raised homicide detective Magnus Jonson. Seconded to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after he runs afoul of a drug cartel back in Boston, Magnus also has his own reasons for returning to the country of his birth for the first time in nearly two decades - the unsolved murder of his father. And as Magnus is about to discover, the past casts a long shadow in Iceland. Binding Iceland's landscape and history, secrets and superstitions in a strikingly original plot that will span several volumes, Where the Shadows Lie is the first in a thrilling new series from an established master.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848873999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848873995
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have written the following novels:
The Fire and Ice series of crime novels featuring the Icelandic detective Magnus Jonson;
Traitor's Gate, a spy novel set in Berlin in 1938;
Eight financial thrillers, most of which are available on Kindle.

Before becoming a writer I used to work as a bond trader in the City of London. I gave up my life in finance when my first thriller, Free To Trade, was published in 1995. I was brought up in North Yorkshire, but now live in North London. My website is at www.michaelridpath.com . Photo: Chris George.

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Praise for "Where the Shadows Lie" and Michael Ridpath:

"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

"Ridpath smoothly melds history, legend, and a police procedural in this first of a crime series set in Iceland... Ridpath deftly explores the influence myths have on contemporary, credit-strapped Iceland." --"Publishers Weekly"

"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

"Michael Ridpath's latest offering, "Where the Shadows Lie" is a tight mix of crime and lore that takes the reader on a journey from crime-ridden streets to the slopes of a mysterious volcano. Fast-paced and well written, Ridpath keeps your attention while exploring 10th century sagas, corrupt policemen, contract killers, fanboys, family secrets, and a magical ring... Ridpath's research into Iceland and its people, customs, and geography, makes the British author seem native. "Where the Shadows Lie" has a lot going for it and the reward is worth the journey." --"Suspense Ma

About the Author

Michael Ridpath spent eight years as a bond trader in the City before giving up his job to write full-time. He lives in north London with his wife and three children. Visit his website at www.michaelridpath.com.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid read 9 Jun 2010
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Michael Ridpath is a brave author.Having written 8 successful financial thrillers ,his latest novel
(the first of a series)is set in Iceland.Iceland with its population of just over 300,000 already has
two excellent renowned indigenous crime writers in Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir.Yet,
despite the odds ,Ridpath has pulled it off.He has written a well-researched exciting thriller with
a vivid sense of place.

Magnus Jonson is a detective in Boston USA,of Icelandic descent,who has been seconded to work with
the Reykjavik police as part of his witness protection programme,someone wants him dead.Upon arrival
in Iceland,a Professor of Icelandic studies is murdered.It soon becomes apparent that this death is
related to 800 year old saga,and a powerful ring,which inspired Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings'.

The fast-moving plot takes us deep into the saga'a history,and is set against the backdrop of the
sinister beauty ,of post credit-crunch, Iceland.A splendid read.Very highly recommended.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Form for Michael Ridpath 18 Feb 2011
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I first came across Michael Ridpath when his debut novel Free to Trade was published back in the mid-nineties. At the time it made a bit of a stir with its, then, fresh mixing of murder mystery and financial thriller. It was also a pretty decent book, even if not a classic. After Free to Trade the author continued to mine the same 'financial thriller-cum-whodunnit' seam for the next ten years. Some of his earlier efforts, such as Trading Reality, were okay, although they've dated badly. Later novels however, began to feel tired and derivative and after tackling On the Edge I felt he'd gone to the 'evil financier in diabolical plot' well once too often and I skipped his next novel See No Evil.

I've been tempted back by his latest thriller, 'Where the Shadows Lie', by both the positive reviews it was receiving on Amazon and the fact that for the first time the author has used a setting that isn't even indirectly related to high finance or big business. Instead 'Where the Shadows Lie' is a murder-mystery set almost entirely in Iceland and focused on the history and myths of that small but remarkable country.

For a British author of financial thrillers this sounds like quite a big leap in terms of subject matter and genres, but it is one that Ridpath makes with reasonable success. The central mystery itself feel original and is complex enough to keep this particular reader guessing until well into the book's final third.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read 6 Jun 2010
Ridpath interwines Icelandic culture and language is neatly interwoven with a fastpace plot that keeps the reader guessing until the end. The central character is well developed; Ridpath explores his background that was also centered in Iceland, bringing both the character and Icelandic history to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime fiction, has an interest in Iceland or fans of Lord of the Rings. The author also gives a note at the end, explaining what is his own and invention and what is real, which proves useful as Ridpath demonstates a wonderful ability to blur the line between fact and fiction.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not complete 2 July 2011
By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE
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Firstly, I enjoyed this book as an easy holiday read. I am a big fan of Scandinavian crime fiction, but although set in Iceland, this book is not of that genre. It is firmly from the English "crossword puzzle" murder mystery line.

The plot is highly original, linking modern crime with Tolkein and Iceland's early history, but that linkage also makes the storyline pretty unlikely and the solution to the puzzle becomes obvious about two thirds of the way through.

Our hero, Jonson or Ragnarsson is a bit of an idiot, really, too dim to avoid antagonising the Icelandic police, and too weak willed to avoid getting paralytic at on obviously awkward moment. Unfortunately, I found that,even then, he was still about the most believable character, and therein lies the biggest weakness with this novel.

Unlikely plot, notwithstanding, if this story had decent characterisation, it would be a first rate murder mystery novel. Even so, the original plot, interesting setting and good pace make it an enjoyable read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superior Thriller. 1 Jun 2010
By Avid
Despite the volcano and their credit crunch - and the grisly murders in the novel - I finished this book wanting to visit Iceland for my holidays. The author evokes the "fire and ice" of the landscape and the psyche of the people beautifully. The weaving of Tolkein ring-lore, linking past to present, is also splendidly done.The marriage of a British thriller writer producing a Scandinavian crime novel could've easily ended in an annulment. Suffice to say though the union is a happy one and am looking forward to next book in series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Noel
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Several years ago I read Michael Ridpath's financial thriller 'Free to Trade' which I thoroughly enjoyed. I came to this book with great hopes.

This is a detective story which spans the Atlantic. It starts with corruption and murder in Boston but quickly moves across the Atlantic to Iceland with the key character, where another story is worked out, leaving the Boston mayhem more or less in abeyance. Ridpath paints quite a vivid picture of Iceland's bleak landscape. He doesn't make it sound attractive but he certainly makes it sound interesting. I found the story's plot less of a pull than the bleak landscape and struggled to get to the end.

The main character in the book is Magnus Jonson the American/Icelander; a detective; hiding out in Iceland pending a Boston trial where he will be witness against some corrupt colleagues in the police force. He was born in Iceland and the ghosts of his past stalk him in Rekyavik. The storyline as a whole is one of the past haunting the present. A long-hidden and secret Icelandic Saga comes to light and ruins or ends the lives of those who seek it. There is a (possibly) ancient ring involved which reputedly carries the power to destroy its owner. If you enjoy Icelandic sagas, Tolkein and the Lord of the Rings, you will probably lap this up.

I am not a fan of elves and fairies and consequently found this element of the book a struggle or perhaps a saga. So the whole experience was a bit of a disappointment for me.

The book is clearly written with a sequel or two in mind. The author alludes to Magnus's desire to uncover the mystery of his Icelandic past why may provide the explanantion for his father's unsolved murder in Boston. This sounds like much more hopeful ground for me. He's done the little folk to death in this book, I hope they are not resurrected in the next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars cool
Cool book have read the follow up also good book highly recommended. You kind of know he is going to win. But good twist to the end. Enjoy
Published 1 month ago by C. R. Broadhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Setting For Crime Fiction
Interesting and with a wealth of historical background as well as being set in Iceland, this novel of a Boston cop sent to his native country under the witness protection scheme,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
it's taken a while for me to get round to this book from Mr Ridpath after his superb financial based thrillers. unfortunately I didn't really enjoy this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Duncan Hollyman
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Iceland with Magnus
I have just finished this and really enjoyed it. This was an easy read and a book that kept me wanting to know more.

Magnus is an Icelandic born Boston cop. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyable book with an incite into Iclandic life. Only downside was all the Icelandic names as I couldn't pronounce half of them!!
Published 5 months ago by Kelly Prouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found Ridpath again
I enjoyed the early Michael Ridpath novels, but for some unknown reason the author fell off my radar. Read more
Published 5 months ago by johnverp
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intricately Paced Thriller
Magnus Johnson an American detective of Icelandic descent who is sent to the volcanic island, where he is embroiled in a murder mystery of a pastor who is found in Reychavik harbor... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dean Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars good read, nice characters and great links to history
good read, nice characters and great links to history, makes me want to visit Iceland for my next annual leave
Published 9 months ago by happytohavereadit
4.0 out of 5 stars a great story makes to want to read more and visit Iceland
This a thrilling read that will keep you gripped from start to finish. Great plot and one that keeps you guessing throughout.
Published 9 months ago by rick
1.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ice? Lukewarm and Tepid
I bought this as I wanted something light to read, and have travelled extensively in Iceland. However, the only reason I finished it was to preserve my right to criticise it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Clive Eiles
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