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Michael Ridpath

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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. My books have been translated into over 30 languages (including Icelandic).

I was born in Devon, brought up in North Yorkshire and read history at Oxford University. I now live in North London with my American wife and three children. I am a former vice chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

And if you want a free copy of my novella, The Partnershi
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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 The honest answer is I can't think of a single fictional couple off the top of my head outside TV, especially if you exclude master and sidekick. Stru…moreThe honest answer is I can't think of a single fictional couple off the top of my head outside TV, especially if you exclude master and sidekick. Struggling to find one and then claiming it is your favourite doesn't sound right to me. I think that in itself is interesting: settled couples don't make for good stories.(less)
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If you ever fly to Iceland from Europe, be sure to book yourself into a window seat on the right-hand side of the aeroplane. Your first view of Iceland will be unforgettable.

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“It had obsessed his father and caused his death. It had briefly obsessed Pétur before he had tried to put it behind him. It had obsessed Agnar and the foreign Lord of the Rings fans, and it had obsessed Hákon. No possessed Hákon. Only his grandfather, Högni, had had the”
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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".
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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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