|What the critics
have said about 66° North…
“It’s brave of Ridpath to try to beat Nordic crime
writers on their own turf, but he does his best – which is
very good indeed.”
“If people are not lining up to praise the sheer
narrative acumen on display here, it will be something of a surprise.”
“Obviously, Icelandic readers will read 66° North with critical eyes and try to find errors in the author’s presentation of Iceland and Icelanders. But it‘s impossible to see that the book is written by a foreigner who just recently got to know the country he is writing about. His descriptions of the mentality after the crash are perfect. ... 66° North is an exciting and entertaining read. ...” Morgunbladid, R eykjavíkThis is the second book in the series featuring Magnus. It is also set in Iceland and was published in May 2011. Americans please note: the novel was published in the US in 2012 under the title Far North.
In January 2009 there are demonstrations in the centre of Reykjavík. A small group of protesters meet up and complain about how the demonstrations are too peaceful, not violent enough. They get drunk together, and then go out on to the streets where they attack and accidentally kill a banker, the former boyfriend of one of them. The death is dressed up as suicide.
Eight months later a senior Icelandic banker is murdered in London. Magnus works with the British police on the case. As Magnus begins to discover links between the deaths of the two bankers, it becomes clear that there is a conspiracy to kill the people whom Icelanders blame most for the economic crisis in their country. Magnus must nail the conspirators before they kill again.
Meanwhile Magnus makes uncomfortable discoveries about his Icelandic family going back several generations. Are these related to the death of his own father in Massachusetts when Magnus was a student?
You can read the first chapter here.