When a polar bear is sighted in a sleepy Icelandic fishing village, then shot dead by local policeman Constable Halldór, it triggers a debate in the local community. Was Halldór a hero for killing the bear, or should the animal have been protected? Animal rights activists in the area see the constable as a villain, and when, days later, the dead body of Halldór is discovered at a remote beauty spot, the activists are immediately under suspicion.
The year is 1999 and Internet companies are springing up everywhere. Anything seems possible for those who think big. So when David Lane, a quiet, cautious banker, is invited by his old friend Guy Jordan to help start up ninetyminutes.com, he decides that, for once, he will do something daring, something dangerous. If only he'd realised quite how dangerous. Guy falls out with Tony Jordan, his father and their biggest investor, bringing the company close to collapse.
October, 1939: War has been declared, but until the armies massed on either side of the French/German border engage, all is quiet on the Western Front. But just because its quiet doesn't mean that it's not deadly. There are those who believe the war no one wants to fight should be brought to a swift conclusion, even if it means treachery.
Iceland 1934: Two boys playing 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, savings annihilated, lives ruined. Grassroots revolution is in the air, as is the feeling that someone ought to pay.... And in a country where everyone knows everybody, it isn't hard to draw up a list of exactly who is responsible. And then, one by one, to cross them off.
Oli and Magnus Jonson have spent decades trying to escape from the shadows of their past. Raised by their grandparents in Bjarnarhofn, a remote farmstead in Iceland, both brothers had to endure brutal violence at the hands of their grandfather. When Constable Pall Gylfason is called to investigate a suspected homicide in a remote farmstead, he is surprised to find Detective Magnus Jonson is already there.
FreeFlow is a group of activists dedicated to freedom of information. They have evidence of a military atrocity in the Middle East and are preparing to unleash it. On the glacial rim of an erupting volcano, they christen their endeavour Operation Meltwater. Minutes later, one of them is murdered. Magnus Jonson has a long list of suspects but he’s getting little help - for a group dedicated to transparency, they’re a secretive bunch. But they are not the only ones with secrets. Asta, a newly qualified priest, has contacted FreeFlow with damning information about the former Bishop of Iceland.
One thousand years ago: An Icelandic warrior returns from battle, bearing a ring cut from the right hand of his foe. Seventy years ago: An Oxford professor, working from a secret source, creates the 20th century’s most pervasive legend. The professor’s name? John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Six hours ago: An expert on Old Icelandic literature, Agnar Haraldsson, is murdered. Everything is connected, but to discover how, Detective Magnus Jonson must venture where the shadows lie….
City bond trader Alex Calder is a man known for taking big risks: and winning. But when colleague Jennifer Tan decides to pursue a sexual harassment case against her boss, Calder witnesses the ugly side of his world: and the tragic. For Jen commits suicide and Calder quits in disgust. One year on, Calder is running a flying school in Norfolk. But the past won't disappear.
When an old college friend pays Alex Calder an unexpected visit, he is drawn once more into the City's shady underbelly. For Kim is married to Todd, son of South African newspaper tycoon Cornelius van Zyl. Todd wants Alex's help to investigate the mystery of his mother's murder 18 years previously. It was assumed Martha was shot by guerrillas, but the recent discovery of a letter sent shortly before her death now suggests a crime far closer to home.
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At top investment bank Bloomfield Weiss, they teach them to be winners, predators, killer deal-makers. On the bank's training course in New York, Chris and Lenka were part of a close-knit gang of trainees, working and playing hard. When a failed affair within the group sparked a violent confrontation, they covered up its tragic outcome. Ten years later, a helpless Chris watches Lenka's life-blood soak into the snow of a Prague street.
Under afsløringen af et hold korrupte betjente i Boston kommer den islandskfødte kriminalbetjent Magnus Ragnarsson i skudlinjen, og derfor vælger hans overordnede at sende ham i sikkerhed hos islandsk politi, indtil sagen kommer for retten. Selvom Magnus voksede op på Island, var hans afsked med landet ikke smertefrit, og det er derfor med blandede følelser, at han vender tilbage. Men han får hurtigt andet at tænke på, da han bliver kastet direkte ud i efterforskningen af et mord.