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by Corvus, 6 September 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78239-873-8 (PB)
This thriller sees
the return from Boston of the intrepid Icelandic-American detective Inspector Magnus
Jonson to the fire and ice territory of Iceland and Greenland to investigate
some extraordinary crimes. The body of a
young Italian woman is found in mysterious circumstances near an ancient church
and the spotlight of suspicion focuses on a TV crew filming a documentary about
Gudrid, a legendary female Viking, who, 1,000 years earlier explored across
continents.As the novel progresses,
more characters meet a sticky end and Magnus, who has featured in the author’s
earlier books, seems no nearer to apprehending the perpetrator as the death
count stacks up.
wide-ranging research undertaken has been skillfully drip-fed into the story,
the plotting is clever, with interesting twists and turns and the characters
credible, if not exactly likeable. What is stunning is the way in which the
author creatively introduces the reader to the fables and sagas of Iceland and interweaves
these elements of history, fiction and myth into a contemporary crime drama.
pleasing dimension is the author’s dramatic description of the topography and
weather conditions that directly orient the reader in the landscapeand makes him/her truly involved in, and
caring about, the action.
clear, narrative style flows well and, like a stream of lava, doesn’t falter
and the author’s experience as an engaging storytellershines through, the secrets, lies, divided
loyalties, betrayals and hoaxes keeping the reader agog, guessing and
entertained throughout. A cracking
Michael Ridpath was born in Devon
in 1961 but brought up in
Yorkshire. He was educated at Millfield, Merton
College, Oxford. Before becoming a writer, Michael
Ridpath used to work in the City of London
as a bond trader. He has written eight thrillers set in the worlds of
business and finance. In
2010 he published the Where The Shadows Lie, the first in the
Fire and Ice series featuring an Icelandic detective named Magnus Jonson. He has published four further books in the series.In between the writing the series he has published three
standalone novels the most recent being Amnesia
in 2017. Helives in London.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.