Publication Order of Alex Calder Books
Publication Order of Fire and Ice Books
|Where the Shadows Lie||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Far North||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Edge of Nowhere||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Meltwater||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sea of Stone||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Free to Trade||(1994)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Trading Reality||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Marketmaker||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Final Venture||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Predator||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Fatal Error||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Traitor's Gate||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Shadows of War||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Michael Ridpath is an English author of financial and crime thrillers. He was born in Devon in 1961, and grew up in Yorkshire. He attended Mill field School in Somerset, and the Merton College, oxford, where he studied History. He graduated with a First-class honors degree in modern history and joined the Saudi International Bank in London, where he worked for eight years. At the bank he worked as a credit analyst, and later as bond trader and managed one of the junk bond portfolios in Europe. He joined Apax Partners, a venture Capital firm in 1991. He is currently the Treasurer of the Royal Literary Fund and is the former Vice Chair of the Crime Writers Association. He is married to Barbara, an America, and has three children. He lives in Hampstead, London.
His wrote his first novel “Free to Trade” in 1995. It was accepted for publication with a large advance which allowed him to quit his job and become a full-time writer. Between 1995 and 2006 he wrote eight financial thrillers. He moved to legal thrillers in 2005, his first crime novel was “Where the shadows lie” published in 2010. He has since published eight legal thrillers which are hits in the United States and Britain.
The novel, Where the Shadows Lie, is an exciting crime thriller and is the first novel of the Fire and Ice series. It relates the story of Magnus Jonson a young Icelandic-American policeman in Boston who reports one of his colleagues for accepting bribes: The colleague is awaiting trial but remains silent. The reason for his silence is a violent attack on Magnus while he was out investigating a crime. If Magnus dies there will be no witness, and no evidence to convict him. In order to protect Magnus, his superiors take advantage of a coincidental request from the Iceland police, and send him there on secondment. Gun crime is rare in Iceland, but in the past year a triple murder case that could have been solved before it got out of hand has woken the Police commissioner to the fact that the Iceland’s law enforcement system needs inputs from other countries where gun violence and killings are common. Magnus is an obvious choice since he is Icelandic, is fluent in the language and has a wealth of police experience on the coalface of violent crime. When he arrives in Iceland, he is told that he will have to enroll in the police Academy for a year to learn that country’s law and police rules of operation. Things don’t work out that way though, as Magnus’s arrival coincides with a murder that is committed in one of the holiday houses on the shores of Lake Thingvellir. The murder suspect is a man called Isildur and the first task of the police is to find and apprehend him. What follows is a great adventure. Magnus get stuck in the case and rediscovers the Iceland of his childhood. Magnus is a committed and a good police officer, and as would be expected of someone rather brash and overconfident, he quickly makes both friends and enemies within the local police. Magnus is at the same time hiding from his enemies in the US, who are trying to find him by terrorizing his family and friends into disclosing his whereabouts. During his police work Magnus makes many discoveries about his past and also acquires some suspicions about his families past. The novel reveals Iceland’s great sagas and how their influence trickles down the generations, and the way people in Iceland were forced to deal with the recent credit crunch and volcanic threats.
The second book of the Fire and Ice Series is the 66 DEGREES NORTH. This is another great piece of work by Michael Ridpath. In this novel, it is January 2009 and Iceland is a troubled country. Many lives have been ruined following the financial crisis (Kreppa). There is a mass protest outside the Iceland parliament building in Reykjavik. Among the Protestors is Harpa, who lost her job at the local bank and is no longer able to pay her mortgage. Harpa’s father has lost all his retirement savings and her brother can no longer make payment on his farm. Many angry Icelanders with similar or worse financial woes are taking part in the protest, beating drums, saucepans and any kitchen utensil that can highlight their plight. In the melee Harpa meets a fisherman Bjorn, a writer, Sindri Palsson and along with the others, they demand for action and vent their anger at the bankers whose greed has brought about this situation. The demonstration is noisy but relatively peaceful. Apart from the suicide of the banker Gabriel Orn, no other death is reported and the government of Iceland is somewhat relieved that it wasn’t worse. Sergeant Magnus Jonson of the Boston Police Department is still on secondment to Reykjavik, having been sent there by his superiors so as to protect him following his involvement as a witness in a police bribery scandal in Boston. The murder in London of Oskar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic banker, brings Magnus back to real police work. His is an instructor at the police academy where he has been enjoying his work. Inspector Baldur Jakobsson head of the Iceland police violent crime unit is keen to ensure that there no Icelandic connections in the case. He does not want Iceland linked to terrorists. Upon Investigations into Oskar Gunnarsson’s background, Magnus discovers that he worked in the same bank as Gabriel Orn and was in fact his boss. This coincidence makes Magnus uneasy and he starts digging deeper, and this put him in communication with Detective Sergeant Piper of the British police. During his investigations into the possible connection between the two deaths, Magnus comes into contact with an estranged family member, and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Ingileif, he agrees to a meeting in the hope of burying some of his past family traumas. However, the meeting only raises more questions which unbeknown to him stretch back to events of 1934, when two young boys stumbled on a secret while playing out one of the Icelandic historic sagas.Book Series In Order » Authors » Michael Ridpath