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66 North (Fire and Ice #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  632 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Corvus (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lizzie Hayes
Apr 28, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing
In January 2009 Iceland is a troubled country, with many lives ruined following the Kreppa (financial crisis). Many people have marched to the square to stand outside the Parliament building in Reykjavik to protest. Among then is Harpa, who has lost her job in the bank and can no longer pay her mortgage, her brother also can no longer make the payments on his farm, and her father who should be enjoying his retirement has lost all his savings. But these and similar stories are all around as the a ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Lyddie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I interrupted my Russian reading with Far North, a mystery series by Michael Ridpath that unfolds in Iceland. (My brain had to take a trip from Moscow to Reykjavik and back.) As I mentioned in an earlier post, this time last year I was gearing up for a trip to Iceland, and I’ve been feeling wistful lately. The country made an immense impression on me. There’s something about the landscape that beckons: the quiet, the lava fields, the heavy clouds, the green hills, and, as much as it wreaked havo ...more
Charlene Intriago
This time Michael Ridpath has used the "kreppa", Iceland's economic downturn of 2009, as the backdrop for another great "whodunnit". It appears some people in the banking industry are the targets and some have turned up dead after the "pots and pans" demonstrations in the streets of Reyjavik. He has also taken us back to Detective Magnus Jonson's childhood in Iceland and Magnus isn't sure he wants to go there. There are more than a few bad memories he doesn't want to dredge up but they just won' ...more
Ken Fredette
May 17, 2012 Ken Fredette rated it it was amazing
Wow! You're left with another adventure in the making. And that's a good thing. Michael uses all the Icelandic data. You're not let down.
Jul 22, 2011 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
66º North was rather a delight to read. I received it as a birthday present this year, on the request for any books that went into the genre of adventure. This book certainly isn’t a Lord of the Rings type adventure, put has an small amount of adventure, with more prominent themes of Crime investigation. Set in the heart of Iceland, what starts off as a simple mistake, escalates into something much bigger.

On a previous review, I saw that someone gave up after the 2nd chapter. I will admit very
Oct 21, 2011 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you take a trip to Iceland without needing a passport (or having to leave the comfort of your couch, as was in my case)? Read Michael Ridpath's "Fire and Ice" series.

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
Nicole Gozdek
Jul 21, 2012 Nicole Gozdek rated it liked it
Shelves: krimi
Geschafft! Die letzte Seite von Michael Ridpaths 2. Islandkrimi mit seinem Ermittler Magnus Jonson ist endlich gelesen. Ungewöhnlich ist nur, wie lange ich für diesen Roman gebraucht habe: nämlich ganze 3 Monate.
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
Aug 29, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok
This should've been a foregone conclusion for me - it's an Icelandic crime novel! - what's not to like?
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
Lane Ashfeldt
Jul 14, 2012 Lane Ashfeldt rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Kind of cool. A slow start that is a bit of hard work for the reader, and occasionally felt I was getting a bit too much of a blow-by-blow account of police work, but mostly I really enjoyed this novel. The scale of it was quite impressive, as was the (very contemporary) detail. I also liked the Laxness references -- having read Independent People not so long ago the economic parallels with that time were well placed. Be interesting to know what the verdict was in Iceland. One thing that has pro ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Another good one in the Fire & Ice trilogy. It is just the tiniest bit Stieg Larsson-esque in feel in some parts, which can't be held against it. In addition to the main story, the background story and all the characters receive attention and further development. Arni comes into his own in this book. It keeps you guessing until the very end, and also sets up the story for the next book. While I enjoyed this marginally less than Where the Shadows Lie, it is still very worthy of 4 stars and I ...more
Rachel Cotterill
This was a fairly good read, but the story skipped around a lot in time and place. I read (and enjoyed) Where the Shadows Lie earlier in the year, so I was familiar with a number of the characters, but I felt that the balance was really off between the 'main' murder mystery plot of this novel and the ongoing sub-plot of Magnus' father's death. Too much time was spent on episodes from Magnus' family history, considering that this sub-plot hasn't been resolved yet; I would have prefered to read mo ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Aug 26, 2012 Naomi Blackburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 17, 2016 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It took me about 100 pages to get into the flow of the book. After that, I could hardly put it down and finished it in 2 days. It's a detective story and has 2 storylines, one of which doesn't get resolved in this book. After those 100 pages it's really fast-paced and the story keeps you guessing. Good read!
Mar 25, 2017 Cat. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I'm really enjoying this series. It's a little weird that two people I know are going to Iceland next month, but I'm the one reading about it. lol

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.....
Jun 23, 2017 Kaija rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pieni pettymys. kahdella eri aikatasolla kulkeva tarina oli mielestäni hieman sekava ja henkilöhahmoja oli liikaa. Enkä oikein jaksanut innostua Magnuksen menneisyyden vatvomisestakaan. Luin puoleen väliin ja sitten harppasin loppuun.
Judy Nel
Entertaining not the best crime novel I have ever read but is a variation on a theme. American cop in Iceland
Debra Debi
Jan 07, 2017 Debra Debi rated it liked it
Good for a typical crime thriller - engaging and unique as set in Iceland
Parasta tässä dekkarissa oli tapahtumapaikka, Islanti. Tapahtumat eivät vyöry eivätkä tempaa mukaansa, eikä kukaan hahmoista tullut erityisen läheiseksi. Kolme tähteä on "aivan hyvä" - ei loistava mutta ei huonokaan. Aina on kiinnostavaa käydä uusissa paikoissa.
Clay Stafford
What if greedy investors wiped out your life’s savings and walked away unscathed?

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
Mike Taverner
Mar 05, 2017 Mike Taverner rated it really liked it
An excellent story that was almost historical in the information I learned about Iceland's GFC. But a great read
Jul 03, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Magnus Jonson is a bit of a fish out of water in the Reykjavik police department. Raised in Iceland as a child, his family emigrated to the US when he was twelve. He eventually became a sergeant detective in the Boston Police Department. The National Police Commissioner in Iceland was worried that his small country might experience an uptick in crime, and he requested an experienced American police detective that spoke Icelandic. Magnus fit the bill, and he is expected to serve in an advisory ca ...more
Alisha Erin
Feb 25, 2017 Alisha Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iceland, 2017
The first one was okay and I would say the second was about the same. I liked how he used the kreppa, but was not impressed with how he wrapped up the mystery. The family history parts continued to be interesting and foreboding though.
Jan 19, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A political crisis sweeps over Iceland, banks and lifetime savings vanishing into thin air and a deficit so much as to cause incredible dismay. The blame of the economic disaster is rested on the politician's shoulders. A group of disgruntled citizens are willing to unlawfully bring down the 'responsible' politicians through other means which doesn't mean the usual Icelandic protest but through gun violence?

Until page 250, 66 North was lacking in tension. There was little suspense and all that w
Far North is the second book of Michael Ridpath's “Fire and Ice Trilogy” set in Iceland. Boston police detective Magnus Jonsson is still in Reykjavik working with the Icelandic police on violent crime issues. Magnus, currently teaching at the Icelandic police college, hears of the London murder of Oskar Gunnarsson, former head of Odinsbanki before it was nationalized. While he has no evidence, other than gut instinct, he connects it to the suicide of local banker Gabriel Orn. This leap is one of ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this very much. It's the second in a series and like the first there is a literary theme. (This was bit unfortunate from my point of view, as I had also just started reading Halldor Laxness's "Independent people", and there is a bit of a spoiler in this book - a brief summary of the whole plot of the classic work, and quite a few references to it as an inspiration to some of the characters. However, it was actually also quite helpful to have the older work referred to, as I started notic ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my first book about a crime story in Iceland. Actually it was 2 crime stories (or more if you break them down individually).

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
Jan 30, 2012 Fragmentage rated it liked it
This book came as a special Kindle deal so I decided to give it a try. Set in Iceland just after the banking collapse it is an engaging thriller that provides some insight into a very likeable mentality and culture along the way. With two main plot lines, 66 North is not always easy to read as the author jumps a lot in time, place and between characters. This complexity made it a bit difficult for me to immerse myself into the story at first, but as I got to know the characters better it did gri ...more
Anders Petersen
Aug 13, 2012 Anders Petersen rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, iceland
66 North is the second book by the author Michael Ridpath. While I personally don't think this book is as good as the first one, I still liked it overall.

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
Oct 29, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is so unlike anything I've read before. I dearly love a good who-dunnit, but because this one takes place in a completely foreign landscape with a totally different culture, I just can't wait for more! Ancient mythology influences the daily life of all the characters, and even the crimes they commit/investigate. It's as though the Icelanders know their history is larger-than-life and therefore cannot be fully believed, but still; it is steeped in truth, and confirmed all around them ...more
Kristen O'Daly
Sep 03, 2012 Kristen O'Daly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Janet Lockhart
Wow! When you start a series, you often expect the second to not quite hold up to the first one if you loved it. Far North, the second in the detective series featuring Magnus Jonson, following Where the Shadows Lie, actually is better than the first. The characters introduced in the first book are developed in such a fashion that we find them even more fascinating and intriguing. The plot builds with just the right amount of suspense so that the reader literally cannot put it down.

The other "c
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Before becoming a writer, I used to work in the City of London as a bond trader. I have written eight thrillers set in the worlds of business and finance, but I am now trying my hand at something different. Where The Shadows Lie, the first in a series featuring an Icelandic detective named Magnus Jonson, was published in 2010. The third book in the series, Meltwater, is out in the UK this summer. ...more
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