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Michael Ridpath

Author of Where the Shadows Lie

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Works by Michael Ridpath

Where the Shadows Lie (2010) 341 copies, 25 reviews
Free to Trade (1994) 306 copies, 5 reviews
Trading Reality (1996) 211 copies, 3 reviews
The Marketmaker (1998) 184 copies, 2 reviews
Final Venture (2000) 163 copies, 3 reviews
66° North (2011) 139 copies, 12 reviews
The Predator (2001) 91 copies, 3 reviews
Fatal Error (2003) 88 copies, 2 reviews
Meltwater (2012) 73 copies, 4 reviews
On the Edge (2005) 52 copies, 1 review
Traitor's Gate (2013) 52 copies, 3 reviews
See No Evil (2006) 48 copies, 1 review
Sea of Stone (2014) 41 copies, 2 reviews
Edge of Nowhere (2011) 30 copies, 4 reviews
The Wanderer (2018) 24 copies, 4 reviews
Amnesia (2017) 22 copies, 1 review
The Polar Bear Killing (2016) 18 copies, 1 review
Shadows of War (2015) 14 copies, 2 reviews
The Diplomat's Wife (2021) 13 copies, 1 review
Launch Code (2019) 8 copies, 2 reviews
Little Sister (2018) 7 copies
The Partnership Track (2016) 4 copies, 1 review
Death in Davlik (2022) 4 copies
Whale Fjord (2024) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Detection Collection (2005) — Contributor — 74 copies, 6 reviews
How to Write a Mi££ion (1995) — Foreword — 52 copies, 1 review
The Sinking Admiral (2016) — Contributor — 31 copies, 3 reviews
Motives for Murder (2016) 21 copies, 2 reviews
Deadly Pleasures (2013) — Contributor — 20 copies


Common Knowledge

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Short biography
Michael Ridpath is the author of various thrillers based around the world of high finance. He was born in Devon in 1961 and grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at Millfield School and Merton College, Oxford where he obtained first class honours in Modern History, and represented the University at athletics. He spent eight years working as a bond trader at an international bank in the City of London. Michael Ridpath lives in north London with three children and his wife, Barbara, former Managing Director, Europe, of Standard and Poor, and currently Chief Executive of the International Centre for Financial Regulation.



Didn’t finish- just too much stock trading & didn’t care for writing flow
tinsfam | 4 other reviews | Jun 30, 2023 |
Not for me
Purchased from Amazon November 13, 2015
bodebeabay | 2 other reviews | Sep 25, 2022 |
As the book was published in 1996, it was interesting to see where the author saw the future of virtual reality.
The outdated ideas about virtual reality actually did not disturb me too much, actually I did not find them so outdated. I don't know much about the applications of VR nowadays except for the games & entertainment. Even in these times of remote work, we still do 2D meetings on Zoom. I kind of felt who the culprits will be, the author gave some clues throughout the book, still the plot was quite nicely span. This book was not so much about trading as about running a high-tech start-up with a revolutionary technology and this theme was also well researched and presented in my opinion.
Overall, it is a decent thriller.
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dacejav | 2 other reviews | May 16, 2022 |
After a rather slow start I found this story entertaining and relatively well-paced and, although I found most of the twists, turns and red-herrings predictable, there was enough intrigue to keep me engaged with the developing plot. I enjoyed the deepening relationship which developed between Emma and her grandson as they made their road trip across Europe, with her gradually revealing the secrets from her past – a story of love, loss, betrayal, mystery, espionage and revenge. However, when Phil discovers a gun in his grandmother’s luggage, it becomes clear to him (and to the reader!) that their trip is likely to be much more exciting, and dangerous, than a sentimental trip down memory lane!
The switches between the two timelines (which were well-executed and never felt disruptive) allowed for the complexities of Emma’s past to emerge through her first-person narrative in the sections from the past. There are several strands of mystery within the story and the ways in which these are interconnected emerge partly through Emma’s revelations about her past experiences and what drove her to make the decisions she did, and partly because, during this trip, she now discovers that people she’d trusted had betrayed her. However, there are also present-day characters who are not all they claim to be, adding even more complexity to the layers of mystery and intrigue.
The author’s descriptions of pre and post-war Paris and Berlin felt authentic and I appreciated how he used Emma’s recollections of the times she had spent in those cities to reflect on how much Berlin had changed in the intervening Cold War years, whilst Paris remained essentially the same. One of the things I enjoyed about his story-telling was the way in which he interspersed snippets of history and interesting facts into his narrative, thus adding not only extra interest, but contributing to his atmospheric scene-setting. Just one example being when Emma told her grandson that the no-man’s-land created by the Berlin Wall used to be the Potsdamer Platz, once the busiest junction in Europe!
I enjoyed the ways in which author explored various family dynamics – parent/child relationships, bonds between siblings, marital interactions and, through the two main characters, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild – and, through the dual timeline, explored the way these were affected by societal changes and expectations. Other themes which ran through the story included the changing face of politics during the forty decades the story encompasses, the role of a diplomat’s wife in a foreign embassy, espionage and the role of the secret services.
I think the best way to enjoy this story is by being prepared to suspend disbelief at some of the extraordinary coincidences which enable the story to unfold. Also, although this story is described as a thriller, and does indeed contain murders, the protagonists fleeing from the police and needing to cross international borders to do so etc, for me it lacked any real tension. However, it is an enjoyable and, at times, thought-provoking read.
With thanks to Readers First and the publisher for my advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
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linda.a. | Jan 16, 2021 |



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