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Far North (Fire and Ice #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  352 ratings  ·  52 reviews
"International thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location." --Peter James, #1 international bestselling author of Dead Man’s Grip

In Iceland, revenge is best served at arctic temperatures…

Iceland 1934: Two boys playing in the lava fields that surround their isolated farmsteads see something they shouldn't have. The conse
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lizzie Hayes
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
Kenneth Fredette
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Kristen O'Daly
Sep 03, 2012 Kristen O'Daly rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Gary Van Cott
2.5 Stars. I thought the plot of this book was not well thought out. What happens in the last quarter of the book is not set up properly in the story the comes before. It seemed quite illogical to me.
As all kinds of new Scandinavian crime books seem to be pouring into bookstores, one as to start being a little choosy when picking which ones to devote their precious reading time to. I'm personally finding that some of them are not really well translated and this can make for a slightly awkward read. With Michael Ridpath's Fire and Ice series, I'm thrilled to have found an a new set of crime fiction with excellent plots, well drawn characters, and a really authentic feel for Iceland. I've only ...more
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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
Jimmy Ranieri
I believe this is the first book I ever read that takes place in Iceland. Knowing about the financial crisis from that country, I found the plot surrounding that crisis to make this "real". In addition, the story was very well written and interesting for the sort of sub-plot that took place many years before that was intertwined. Occasionally I got lost trying to keep track of all these Icelandic names and who was who. But as the book continued on, I must say that the characters were well define ...more
Graham Crawford
I really enjoyed this one - and the unfolding back sorry was quite creepy - I especially liked the descriptions of Icelandic culture and the environment. Will have to seek out more by this writer. Good train read.
I enjoyed this book more that the first in this series (Where the Shadows Lie). It's a quick read and there are story lines in it that wrap up and those that lead into the next book Melt Water.

If you have been to Iceland you will enjoy the book and in this one there were several places mentioned that I have visited and the story jumped to life for me.

Looking forward to reading Melt Water. My recommendation... read the series... just start with Where the Shadows Lie first.
Not a bad book, and yet I couldn't finish it. Some aspects of the story aren't really my thing. I was (and still am) curious to find out what happened in Markus' past, but at some point I felt like I had to struggle through the rest of the plot. Then I know it's time to move on to something else. I might finish this later, when part 3 is published in my country and my curiosity gets the better of me again. We shall see.
I was worried that this wouldn't be as good as Where Shadows Lie, but I am happy to say it is even better. Really good story-telling, and moves along at a nice pace. I am looking forward to finding out more about Magnus and what he uncovers about his family. I don't quit "buy" the developed tension between him and his girlfriend, but I'm just a hopeless romantic.
Battled to keep track of the sheer number of characters of times
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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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