By Michael Ridpath
Iceland 1934: boys taking part in within the lava fields that encompass their remoted farmsteads see whatever they should not have. the results will hang-out them and their households for generations. Iceland 2009: the credits crunch bites. The forex has been devalued, banks nationalized, discount rates annihilated, lives ruined. Grassroots revolution is within the air, as is the sensation that somebody should pay...ought to pay the blood rate. And in a rustic with a inhabitants of simply 300,000 souls, in a rustic the place we all know each person, it's not difficult to attract up a listing of precisely who's accountable. after which, one-by-one, to move them off. Iceland 2010: As bankers and politicians begin to die, at domestic and in a foreign country, it's as much as Magnus Jonson to resolve the internet of conspirators earlier than they strike back. yet whereas Magnus investigates the crimes of the current, the crimes of the earlier are catching up with him.
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She could hear the sound of engines and waves in the background. Sometimes he could get reception on his mobile when he was out at sea. ’ ‘Just on our way out. ’ ‘Did you see the news. ’ ‘The banker? Yes. ’ ‘I suppose so, yes. ’ Harpa gulped. ’ Björn’s voice was sympathetic. ‘Yeah. ’ ‘Björn? ’ ‘That’s going to be a bit difficult. We’ll be back in harbour tonight, but I’m going out again for a couple of days tomorrow afternoon. ’ ‘Any chance you could come late tonight? ’ It was two and a half hours from Grundarfjördur, although Björn could do it considerably faster on his motorbike.
No. No, I didn’t,’ said Harpa. ‘I believed it all. The story that we were all financial geniuses, younger and quicker and smarter than the others. That we were the Viking Raiders of the twenty-first century. That we took calculated risks and won. That the wealth was here to stay. ’ She shook her head. ‘I was wrong. ’ There was silence for a moment. ‘Capitalism carries the seeds of its own destruction,’ said Ísak. ‘It’s as true now as it was a hundred and fifty years ago when Marx first said it.
Seltjarnarnes was still a long drive after a full day’s fishing. ‘Yes,’ Björn said. ‘Yes. I’ll be there. Late. ’ She could feel the tears coming again. ‘I really need you. ’ ‘Hey, Harpa, I understand. Believe me, I understand. I’ll see you tonight. ’ ‘I love you,’ said Harpa. ’ Baldur’s tone was icy as he welcomed Magnus into his office. Two other detectives, Árni and Vigdís Audarsdóttir were already waiting. It had proved remarkably easy for Magnus to get assigned to the case. The biggest problem had been summoning up the courage to call Chief Superintendent Thorkell back.