Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “66 North (Fire and Ice, #2)” as Want to Read:
66 North (Fire and Ice, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

66 North (Fire and Ice #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  562 Ratings  ·  71 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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about 66 North, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about 66 North

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,237)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
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
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
Ken Fredette
May 29, 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 28, 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
Jan 22, 2012 Victoria 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 H
Sep 18, 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
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!
Jun 29, 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
Sep 19, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my full review at:

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
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far North is the second book of Michael Ridpath's 1CFire and Ice Trilogy 1D 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 ...more
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
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
Aug 02, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely a page turner and difficult to put down. Two stories, two different years: 1934 and 2009; A murder in 1934 catapults into a revenge killing later. Fast forward to 2009 another murder occurs, a conspiracy to hide this murder, the collapse of the Icelandic kroner causing much debt for the Icelandic people caused a few people to actually believe that killing the top people that profited by the failure of the kroner would be the right thing to do for the country. Magnus mana ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Sallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My version was 66 Degrees North. I didn't like this book as much as the first one in the series, it seemed to trundle along until well over half way through. In places it seemed a bit repetitive however it offered a fascinating glimpse into the effects of the Icelandic Kreppa. We also got more insight into Magnus & Oli's background which fills them out as more rounded characters. My jury of one is out on Inge though, I find her free-spiritedness sometimes a little irritating. I will carry on ...more
Feb 09, 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
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
Jul 23, 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
Anders Petersen
Dec 15, 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
Jan 24, 2013 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
Jul 06, 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
Helen Varley
set in the landscape and culture of iceland immediately post-financial-crisis, it's a fairly interesting light read, however sometimes the writing style is a bit lacking, and there are a few too many convenient coincidences in the plot - particularly the numerous gut instincts of the protagonist, a cop who has returned to iceland after living in boston for a long time. the ultimate conclusion to the case simply isn't believeable, which makes for quite a disappointing end.
Rob Damon
Interesting crime thriller about a group of ordinary citizens who decide to kill bankers! LOL

Set in Iceland, it follows the story of a group of people who meet at a demonstration, get drunk, and accidentally kill a banker. A detective is on the trail...

There was a lot of back story going on in this novel, tales from Iceland's history, and childhood traumas of the characters. Not sure why a lot of that was in there and it does, at times, seem to hold up the main story. But it's interesting, and a
Reetta Saine
Apr 20, 2015 Reetta Saine rated it liked it
Shelves: dekkarit, 2015
Jenkin kirjoittama Islantiin sijoittuva dekkari kaipaa tietysti päähenkilökseen amerikkalais-islantilaista poliisia, joka on joutunut pakenemaan jengiläisiä maahan, jossa poliisit eivät kanna asetta :).

Paljon tietoa kreppasta ja siitä, miten yksi maailman rikkaimmista maista saatiin parissa vuodessa polvilleen. Miksi islantilaiset olivat Englannin mielestä terroristeja ja miten tästä kaikesta selvittiin. Oikeastaan mielenkiintoisempaa kuin itse juoni, joka on tavallisen dekkarimainen.
The Crime Scene Scene
66 Degrees North (also known as Far North) is the second novel in the Fire and Ice series by author Michael Ridpath. Eight months after a group of friends got drunk together after a demonstration and accidentally killed a banker, which for political reasons became a suicide, the head of one of Iceland's major banks is murdered in London. Magnus is in Iceland and he is asked to join the investigation and soon discovers links between the two cases which suggests there is a conspiracy to kill the p ...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
Martin Watts
Feb 20, 2015 Martin Watts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read "In the land of shadows" and looked forward to the next title in the series. I wasn't disappointed. The plot unfolds against the backdrop of the magnificent landscapes of Iceland and the city of Reykjavik. The ongoing sub-plot plays out against the timeless stories of the Icelandic sagas. I want to read more. I also want to re-read the sagas.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 41 42 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Frozen Assets (Officer Gunnhilder, #1)
  • House of Evidence
  • The Ice Cage
  • Pierced (Henning Juul, #2)
  • Bad Blood (Intercrime, #2)
  • The Day is Dark (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #4)
  • Lucifer's Tears (Inspector Kari Vaara, #2)
  • Broken Silence (Inspector Jack Brady, #1)
  • Dregs (William Wisting #6)
  • The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss #4)
  • Sail of Stone (Inspector Winter, #6)
  • Mamma, pappa, barn (Hammarbyserien, #2)
  • Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík (Inspector Erlendur, #1)
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden
  • Open Grave
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
More about Michael Ridpath...

Other Books in the Series

Fire and Ice (4 books)
  • Where the Shadows Lie (Fire & Ice, #1)
  • Meltwater (Fire & Ice, #3)
  • Sea of Stone (Fire & Ice, #4)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »