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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.

Iceland 2010: As bankers and politicians start to die, at home and abroad, it is up to Magnus Jonson to unravel the web of conspirators. But while Magnus investigates the crimes of the present, the crimes of the past are catching up with him.

©2011 Michael Ridpath (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Panda
  • 07-28-12

100 per cent gripping!

A traditional maverick detective tale but set in the haunting bleak landscape of Iceland and set against the economic disaster recently suffered which strikes a chord with the modern reader. I found myself sympathising with the people driven to such desperate means who exact revenge and murder - quite astonishing clever writing! I like a book that makes me examine my own ethics and values and consumes my thoughts. Well worth reading.

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  • Brian
  • 05-17-12

Excellent

Read all Michael Ridpath's books. This one is exceptionally good and kept me gripped to the end.

The narration by Sean Barrett is exceptional as usual.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-23-12

nIceland

Interesting tale. Good to have a troubled detective, as no thriller is complete without one. Narration is excellent I assume, though not knowing how all the Icelandic stuff should be pronounced, will have to take this as a matter of faith. Gives a peak at Iceland which is a good addition to a good thriller

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mr j
  • 11-22-12

Not as good as 'Where the shadows lie'.

Previous book by this author was great. This did not match 'Where the shadows lie' for plot, but was still a good solid listen. Recommended.

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  • katy
  • 07-06-12

66 Degrees North

A five star read set in Iceland, which covers the banking failure, several murders and the aftermath of the financial crisis. Very topical and very well read by Sean Barrett.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-17

A real struggle

Really struggled to maintain interest in the characters. Leaden, predictable and a bit shallow. Overly complex plot

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  • mollyeyre
  • 09-19-17

Good story

I enjoyed this for the most part - though with so many generations and similar sounding names I did get lost a few times - for instance: 'Amer' and 'Armer' (sorry about spelling- this is the 'sound' of the names).
Generally I did enjoy this book, the story was good and tense, but the confusion mentioned above did detract a little from the content. Lovely narration by Sean Barrett as per usual!