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Sea of Stone by Michael Ridpath
  

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An intelligent, riveting read featuring murder, family feuds, seers and an enigmatic Iceland. It is possible to read this as a standalone crime thriller, however there are three previous novels in the ‘Fire and Ice Series’ featuring Magnus Jonson which will no doubt call out to you when you have finished ‘Sea of Stone’. If you do decide to start here rather than with ‘Where the Shadows Lie', it will take a little time to understand the family and get used to the Icelandic names, but it is well worth the effort (and there is a handy family tree at the front to refer to). Once settled in, prepare to discover snippets information you feel you shouldn’t know and enough hidden surprises to keep you guessing until the very end. This is a compelling read, ensnaring and then provoking your attention, it’s all too easy to expect when you look up, to be surrounded by the Icelandic landscape… and a cunning, rather twisted murder case. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Michael Ridpath you might also like to read books by Peter Swainson, Arnaldur Indridason and Jo Nesbo.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This remarkable book in which deep levels of psychological acuity inform the narrative, is perhaps Ridpath’s best work in the crime field. Ollie and Magnus Jonson are attempting to come to terms with their past in which they endured brutalisation at the hands of their violent grandfather on a secluded farm in Iceland. But twenty years later, the past returns with a vengeance…
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Synopsis

Sea of Stone by Michael Ridpath

Ollie and Magnus Jonson have spent years trying to escape from the shadows of their past. Raised on a remote farmstead in Iceland, both brothers had to endure brutal violence at the hands of their grandfather. Now, two decades later, the past has returned to haunt them both. When Constable Pall Gylfason gets a dispatch call to investigate a suspected homicide on a farmstead, he is surprised to find that Sergeant Magnus Jonson is already at the scene. Magnus identifies the dead man as his estranged grandfather. As Pall begins to review the crime scene it becomes apparent that forensic evidence has been tampered with and that Magnus's version of events doesn't add up. Before long, Magnus is arrested for the murder of his grandfather. When it emerges that his younger brother, Ollie, is in Iceland after two decades in America, Pall begins to think that Magnus may not be the only family member in the frame for murder...

About the Author

Michael Ridpath

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.

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Publication date

5th February 2015

Author

Michael Ridpath

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www.michaelridpath.com/

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781782391319

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