66 North (Fire and Ice #2)
Iceland 1934: Two boys playing in the lava fields that surround their isolated farmsteads see something they shouldn't have. The consequences will haunt them and their families for generations.
Iceland 2009: the credit crunch bites. The currency has been devalued, banks nationalized, savings annihilated, lives ruined. Grassroots revolution is in the air, as is the feeling...more
On a previous review, I saw that someone gave up after the 2nd chapter. I will admit very ...more
This is title #2 in that series and, yes, you will need to have read the first installment (the equally strong "Where Shadows Lie") before reading this.
In this book, you learn a little bit more about the background of Icelander-turned American-turned back to Icelander, Magnus, and his family. Along with the terrible family s ...more
Dabei beginnt "66° North" - erschienen unter dem deutschen Titel "Wut" - ganz spannend. Die Wirtschaftskrise hat Island aufgrund einiger Spekulanten unter Islands Bänkern hart getroffen. Auf einer Demonstration treffen 5 ihrer Opfer aufeinander, unter ihnen die ehemalige Bankangestellte ...more
Well, a few things actually.
The main character is a detective who spent most of his life in the USA, and some of the American views were grating - specifically about 'feeling naked without a gun'. Also it's in the middle of a series, and there was a lot of referencing of the back story, which was intrusive and mostly unnecesary.
Also structurally the story-telling was unbalanced so there was no ...more
My opinion: Another winner from writer Michael Ridpath who can write Nordic Noir up there with some of the top authors of this genre, although he lives in London. Ridpath's writing and character development, excellently depicted in the first book of the series, Where the Shadows Lie, continues to be strong.
This was the case with this novel. He weaves two stories in this novel and how they cross paths in the present. I must admit though that the storyl ...more
This is mostly about the failure of the banks in 2009/10 and how it affected Icelanders. And Magnus gets a little further in his investigation into his father's death, but it isn't heading in a direction he expected. Time to find the next book.....
Why Clay Stafford chose this book:
What if greedy investors wiped out your life’s savings and walked away unscathed? Well, this is a rather timely book no matter what continent you are on. This story just happens to be set in Iceland.
I enjoy discovering new authors. Such is the case with Michael Ridpath and “Far North.” I am familiar with Michael Ridpath through Killer Nashville and the British Crime Writers’ Associa ...more
Until page 250, 66 North was lacking in tension. There was little suspense and all that w ...more
It's written so cleverly, with so much suspense building up, that I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it rather quickly. I just needed to know how everything unfolds.
I'm still amazed how well the author succeeded in interweaving basically 2 stories of a different era, slowly developing each one without getting the reader confused or elaborating too much ...more
The plot starts at the financial crack of Icelandic banks (the kreppa) and continue with key bankers and politicians being murdered. It is up to our favorite detective Magnus to solve the case.
This book is entirely different from the first "where the shadows lie", the only exception being we still hear about Magnus past and his girlfriend. I ...more
The other "c ...more