Far North By Michael Ridpath is the Definition of “Revenge is a Meal Best Served Cold.”
By Amy Lignor
In 2009, in the lovely arctic island scenery of Iceland, the value of the local money has been lowered, and banks, savings and lives have been devastated. Not the greatest place for a vacation, in the North Sea, the island is not only desolate and depressing but Revolution is coming. Even though this is a solitary place, it is hard to be incognito, especially when a list is made of the people responsible for the country ‘going to the dogs,’ with each name being up for elimination.
Detective Sgt. Magnus Jonson has come from Boston to Reykjavik to handle two cases concerning the credit troubles in Iceland; one is very close to home for the Detective, while one has worldwide importance.
Oskar Gunnarsson is the ex-Chairman of the Odinsbanki. A major name for elimination, he has escaped or, so he thinks, to London. But that’s not nearly far enough to run for the person who appears and blows him away. Even though the Metropolitan Police in London aren’t sure that his killer was from his home country, they send Detective Sgt. Sharon Piper to meet with the local law in Iceland.
Magnus Jonson is assigned to the case. Jonson soon connects Gunnarsson’s killing to a suspicious suicide that happened a few months before of Gabriel Orn Bergsson, who was Odinsbanki’s manager. He decides that whoever killed Gunnarsson has more targets in the crosshairs and will not stop until he/she gets rid of all the names on the list. As politicians, bankers and other ‘money men’ start to bite the dust in Iceland and abroad, it’s up to Magnus and Sharon to figure out who the conspirators are and haul them in.
An excellent and very intricate story, the author offers readers some truly compelling characters who must play against the backdrop of the unforgettable, frozen, ‘Far North.’
Until Next Time, Everybody,