By Michael Ridpath
Iceland 1934: boys enjoying within the lava fields that encompass their remoted farmsteads see whatever they would not have. the implications will hang-out them and their households for generations. Iceland 2009: the credits crunch bites. The foreign money has been devalued, banks nationalized, mark downs annihilated, lives ruined. Grassroots revolution is within the air, as is the sensation that somebody should pay...ought to pay the blood expense. And in a rustic with a inhabitants of simply 300,000 souls, in a rustic the place we all know all people, it's not tough to attract up an inventory of precisely who's liable. after which, one-by-one, to pass them off. Iceland 2010: As bankers and politicians begin to die, at domestic and out of the country, it truly is as much as Magnus Jonson to resolve the net of conspirators ahead of 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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Harpa reached out to grab Gabríel on the sleeve. Roughly he shook her off. Frikki growled and strode up to him. The boy wasn’t wearing a coat, only his Chelsea football shirt, but he was too drunk to care. ‘You heard her,’ he said, stopping centimetres away from Gabríel. ’ He reached out to grab the lapel of Gabríel’s coat. Gabríel pushed him back. Frikki swung at him, a long wide arc that someone as sober as Gabríel had no trouble avoiding. Gabríel was a good fifteen centimetres shorter than Frikki, but with one hard jab upwards, he caught Frikki on the chin and felled him.
Magnus picked her up off the floor and threw her down on to the bed. It is extremely difficult to make love to a woman who won’t stop laughing. ’ Harpa glanced at her son’s plate, which was empty. ’ Markús shook his curly head and looked straight at her with his big clear brown eyes. Harpa knew that small children often lied, but not Markús. He never lied, at least not to her. Where did he get that honesty from? Not from his father, that was for sure. And not from her. ’ Harpa followed her child as he scampered into the living room and she slotted the DVD into the player.
She had no banker’s salary any more so she couldn’t afford the payments. The house was now worth less than the mortgage. She was going to lose it, that was inevitable. The only reason she hadn’t lost it already was the government’s temporary edict that the banks had to delay foreclosures until November. What would happen then? Perhaps the bank would be lenient. Or perhaps she and Markús would end up living with her parents like some teenage mother just out of high school. If her parents could keep their own house, that is.
66 North by Michael Ridpath