Synopses & Reviews
An ancient saga. A modern legend. A secret worth killing for.
Amid Icelands wild, volcanic landscape, rumors swirl of an ancient manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power. A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumors can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one. Something worth killing for. Something that will cost Professor Agnar Haraldsson his life.
Untangling murder from myth is Iceland-born, Boston-raised detective Magnus Jonson. On loan to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after a Massachusetts drug cartel puts a bounty on his head, Magnus is eager work the Haraldsson case, a rare lethal crime for the island nation. But his unorthodox investigative technique soon gets him into trouble with his more traditional superiors, intensifying his mixed feelings about returning to his native country—a place of tangled family loyalties haunted by his fathers unsolved murder—after nearly two decades. And as Magnus is about to discover, the past casts a long shadow in Iceland.
Binding Icelands landscape and history, secrets and superstitions in a strikingly original plot in the tradition of Arnaldur Indridason and Henning Mankell, Where the Shadows Lie is a heart-pounding new series from an established master.
"Ridpath (Fatal Error) smoothly melds history, legend, and a police procedural in this first of a crime series set in Iceland. When a Dominican drug cartel targets Sgt. Det. Magnus Jonson of the Boston PD's homicide unit, Magnus is taken out of harm's way and assigned to the Icelandic police force in a country where handguns are banned even for cops. Magnus joins the investigation of the murder of Agnar Haraldsson, a professor who specialized in Icelandic sagas and legends, which also are Magnus's lifelong hobby. Agnar uncovered a lost saga that may have been the basis for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. In particular, the saga maintains that a powerful and extremely valuable ring is hidden in Iceland. The clues lead to a worldwide group of Tolkien fanatics and an in-debt art gallery owner. The tension rises after the Dominicans go after Magnus's loved ones in Boston and also travel to Iceland. Ridpath deftly explores the influence myths have on a contemporary, credit-strapped Iceland. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A clever blend of murder mystery, myth and up-tothe- minute mayhem.. . Whether you’re a fan of orcs, Gimli and Legolas or Elmore Leonard and “The Sopranos”, there’s something in this. . . thriller for you.” —The London Times
Amid Iceland’s wild, volcanic landscape, rumours swirl of an ancient manuscript containing a long-lost saga about a powerful ring. The saga alone would be worth a fortune, but something about this one could be much more valuable. Something worth killing for.
Untangling murder from myth in the first installment of a thrilling new series is Boston detective Magnus Jonson. Seconded to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after a drug cartel puts a bounty on his head, Magnus is dubious about returning to his native country—the place where his father was murdered. And as Magnus is about to discover, the past casts a long shadow in Iceland.
Binding Iceland’s landscape and history, secrets and superstitions in a strikingly original plot perfect for fans of Arnaldur Indridason and Kjell Eriksson, Where the Shadows Lie is a heart-pounding new series from an established master.
About the Author
MICHAEL RIDPATH spent eight years as a bond trader in London before giving up his job to write full-time. He is the bestselling author of eight financial thrillers and has been published in 38 languages. Where the Shadows Lie is the first in a new series featuring detective Magnus Jonson. He lives in north London with his wife and three children. Visit him online at www.michaelridpath.com.