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Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath
  

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A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth.

Who says you have to be Scandinavian to write about an Icelandic police detective? Michael Ridpath, best known previously for his splendid financial thrillers, beats the Nordic mob at its own game in this opening volume of a new series. Jonson has relocated to the country of his birth after he ran afoul of a drug cartel in Boston and brings an American rigour to his sleuthing, which begins here with the murder of a local academic who was rumoured to have discovered long-lost saga manuscript. Atmospheric stuff, but then the Icelandic volcanic landscape lends itself so well to murk and crime.

If you like Michael Ridpath you might also like to read books by Peter May, Philip Kerr and Arnaldur Indridason.

Synopsis

Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath

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,

Reviews

Well done, Michael Ridpath... This is a clever blend of murder mystery, myth and up-to-the-minute mayhem. * The Times * Never fail[s] to deliver satisfaction and excitement * Daily Mail * Ridpath has that read-on factor that sets bestsellers apart * Guardian * The plotting and pacing are all one could wish for * Scotland on Sunday * Sheer entertainment... Michael Ridpath provides a master-class in how it's done * Observer * 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 Enriched by numerous details about long-lost secrets, arcane and super-natural lore and the extraordinary terrain of Iceland... a good story set in a fascinating place * Literary Review * A superbly entertaining thriller...Ridpath has another hit on his hands -- Mike Ripley * Shots Magazine * This highly atmospheric and addictive thriller brings in elements that will entice both crime fiction and fantasy readers. With Tolkien groupies, Internet hacking, and revenge, this title has no shortage of appeal. * Library Journal (starred review) *


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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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2011

Author

Michael Ridpath

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www.michaelridpath.com/

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781848873995

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