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Far North
by Michael Ridpath
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Minotaur, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Though I had not read any of the earlier books in this series, I was able to enjoy this one. Sergeant Detective Magnus Jonson of the Boston PD has been on loan to the Icelandic police for four months, living in Reyjavik, teaching a course on urban crime and enjoying his relationship with Ingileif (whom he met in his previous case). He likes teaching, but when an Icelandic banker is murdered in London, England, he jumps at the opportunity to get involved.

The story moves back and forth in time, between 1934 when murders happened in Magnus's own family history; 2009 during Iceland's pots-and-pans revolution when the accidental death of a banker was covered up; and 2010 when more bankers and politicans are targeted across Europe. Unemployed banker and single mother Harpa Einarsdóttir (who now works in a bakery) deeply regrets the actions that led to the death of her former boss and lover Gabriel Örn. When banker Óskar Gunnarsson is shot in London, she begins to wonder if any of her co-conspirators were involved, especially Bjorn, the fisherman who is her current lover.

Magnus does get involved in the investigation despite the opposition of Inspector Baldur Jakobsson, head of Violent Crimes. He soon zeroes in on Gabriel Örn's death. He is sure that Harpa knows something and that it is linked to subsequent murders. And he begins to uncover information about his great-grandfather's and abusive grandfather's involvement in murder. When it's all over, Magnus remains in Iceland, determined to solve another cold case, that of his own father's killing. I look forward to his next investigation.

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