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Michael Ridpath

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Before becoming a writer, Michael Ridpath used to work as a bond trader in the City of London. After writing several financial thrillers, which were published in over 30 languages, he began a crime series featuring the Icelandic detective Magnus Jonson. He has also written five stand-alone thrillers, the latest of which is The Diplomat’s Wife, published in February 2021. He lives in London.

And if you want a free copy of his novella, The Polar Bear Killing, and to sign up to his quarterly newsletter, just click this link: http://eepurl.com/dlzgFH
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Michael Ridpath Interesting question! They both require different forms of research. Iceland involved visiting places and talking to people, but not a lot of reading.…moreInteresting question! They both require different forms of research. Iceland involved visiting places and talking to people, but not a lot of reading. There is a limited amount of books about Iceland or novels set there in English. If you ask them in the right way, Icelanders can be extremely helpful.

On the other hand, while I visited Berlin, it looks much different than it had in 1938-40. And while I spoke to some Germans, they were not their grandparents. But there are lots of books published about Germany at the beginning of then war. Obscure memoirs were particularly useful: I read a great description of a Prussian wedding in Alexander Stahlberg’s memoirs, for example, which I drew on in Traitor’s Gate. The problem is that I have to note down every inconsequential detail about daily life and then index them all.

So, to answer your question, Germany set in the past was harder, because of the volume of reading, note taking and indexing.(less)
Michael Ridpath Yes! I'm working on a new Magnus book now. I've done most of the research (apart from visiting Iceland - that's a problem) and most of the planning. M…moreYes! I'm working on a new Magnus book now. I've done most of the research (apart from visiting Iceland - that's a problem) and most of the planning. May start writing in December. But it probably won't be published until 2022.(less)
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Iceland's Prettiest Volcano

During 2021, Reykjavik was entertained by a small, pretty volcano at Fagradalsfjall, between the capital and Keflavík international airport. It tossed fire safely into the sky like an overgrown firework, grew a new little mountain and spilled black spongeous lava down a mountainside.

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Reading the Man in the Red Coat is a bit like ordering your favourite dish in a good restaurant and somehow coming away disappointed.

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“But the danger added to the thrill. It was a long shot: perhaps the police would get to the ring first. Perhaps the ring was a fake all along. Perhaps no one would ever find it. But there was a chance, a real chance, that Isildur might end up the owner of the actual ring that had inspired The Lord of the Rings, that had been carried to Iceland by his namesake a thousand years before.”
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Michael Ridpath Kenneth wrote: "Michael we have your short story The Polar Bear Killing as one of our reads this month and we have a reader from California wanting to know if this was used as part of a TV show cal..."

Kenneth, I'm so pleased you are reading it. Let me know if anyone has any trouble getting hold of it - on the launch date it wasn't available for some amazon US readers. I asked my publishers to sort that out, and I hope they have done so.

To answer your question, no, the story was not used in Fortitude, at least not with my knowledge. I haven't actually seen the show, since I don't get Sky. I believe it was filmed in Isafjordur in Iceland, but was supposed to be Greenland.

Any more questions, happy to answer them!

Michael


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Ken Fredette Michael we have your short story The Polar Bear Killing as one of our reads this month and we have a reader from California wanting to know if this was used as part of a TV show called "Fortitude".
Scandinavian and Nordic Crime Fiction - Ken


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Zoë Sharp Hi Michael. Lovely to catch up with you here. I'm sorry we only seemed to pass in corridors at CrimeFest. Next time we must stop to chat!


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