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White Heat: Edie Kiglatuk Arctic Crime Series Book 1 (The Edie Kiglatuk Arctic Crime Series)

White Heat: Edie Kiglatuk Arctic Crime Series Book 1 (The Edie Kiglatuk Arctic Crime Series) [Kindle Edition]

M. J. McGrath
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'The exotic setting of the Canadian High Arctic gave [M. J. McGrath's] debut, White Heat, a distinctive flavour. Richly realised, it’s a gripping story that hinges on the collision of two very different ways of life, and features an Inuit hunter/guide as protagonist' Val McDermid, on her favourite new crime writers

‘The best thing about female-authored thrillers is their ballsy heroines – and White Heat by debut novelist MJ McGrath is no exception . . . Dark and atmospheric, it’s an unusual twist on the usual crime novel’ Cosmopolitan

‘A chilling read . . . White Heat most resembles Peter Høeg's 1993 novel, Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow’ Evening Standard

‘The author of this very convincing depiction of the northern wastes was born in Essex, but she has lived with Inuit families and conveys a deep understanding of their culture. White Heat plunges the reader into a world where a harsh existence is rendered with unvarnished observation. Edie's struggle with alcoholism, her difficult relationship with her ex, her need to be accepted by the domineering men of the community, make her a deeply empathetic personality. Edie's a tough cookie: she fights her way through the icefields with a tenacity that armchair explorers everywhere will relish. Let's see more of her, even chewing on beaver's paws’ Independent

‘White Heat is a blazing star of a thriller: vivid, tightly-sprung, and satisfying on all levels. Encountering Edie Kiglatuk, the toughest, smartest Arctic heroine since Miss Smilla, left me with that rare feeling of privilege you get on meeting extraordinary people in real life. A huge achievement’ Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture

‘For a new kind of crime novel, try MJ McGrath’s White Heat, a murder mystery set in the Arctic Circle… Deliciously clever’ Red magazine

‘Edie is an ingenious and original creation backed up by a cast of crazy scientists, corrupt officials, placid policemen, Russian oil men and locals lost in “a fog of drink, boredom, unwanted pregnancies, low expectations and educational underachievement”. But the most addictive character – both hero and villain of the piece – is the Arctic itself. It makes a seductive location for a thriller, a land of wonder and terror shut in darkness for months of the year, a place in which temperatures rarely rise above freezing and, in winter, regularly fall below -40ºC. McGrath makes the most of every sensory extreme. This is a novel in which the cold seems to leak from the page, leaving you chilled, both by its suspenseful plot and by the epic descriptions of this vast white landscape. For those seeking a palate cleanser after the sensationalist high-violence of Stieg Larsson, this quietly compelling tale of ice and intrigue should be high on their list’ Sunday Telegraph

‘White Heat the first novel as MJ McGrath by the non fiction author Melanie McGrath, is set on an island in the Canadian Arctic. Edie Kiglatuk, a hunters’ guide and teacher, feels compelled to investigate fatal hunting incidents that Inuit elders want her to leave alone. Her quest, which takes her to Greenland, suggests the ostensibly random deaths are linked to a ruthlessly conducted race between nations, scientists and business empires to exploit the Arctic’s resources. Although clearly indebted to Peter Hoeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, White Heat is a striking debut, especially good at working glimpses of the Inuit way of life into its plot’ Sunday Times

‘Atmospheric and intriguing mystery’ Woman & Home

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Nothing on the tundra rotted . . . The whole history of human settlement lay exposed there, under that big northern sky. There was nowhere here for bones to hide. On Craig Island, a vast landscape of ice north of the Arctic Circle, three travellers are hunting duck. Among them is expert Inuit hunter and guide, Edie Kiglatuk; a woman born of this harsh, beautiful terrain. The two men are tourists, experiencing Arctic life in the raw, but when one of the men is shot dead in mysterious circumstances, the local Council of Elders in the tiny settlement of Autisaq is keen to dismiss it as an accident. Then two adventurers arrive in Autisaq hoping to search for the remains of the legendary Victorian explorer Sir James Fairfax. The men hire Edie – whose ancestor Welatok guided Fairfax – along with Edie's stepson Joe, and two parties set off in different directions. Four days later, Joe returns to Autisaq frostbitten, hypothermic and disoriented, to report his man missing. And when things take an even darker turn, Edie finds herself heartbroken, and facing the greatest challenge of her life . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (4 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OC07OY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling. 8 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A compelling, gritty debut mystery set in the frozen tundra of the arctic, on Canada's far northern Ellesmere Island, close to Greenland. I found the descriptions of the rapidly changing, harsh, beautiful location and of the way of life of the rugged, troubled residents to be fascinating; the murder mystery was pretty good. 3.5 stars overall. I've read that the British author, who has previously written nonfiction, is at work on a second mystery featuring the appealing main character, Edie. I anticipate it will be even better.

Half-Inuit Arctic guide and hunter Edie Kiglatuk is leading a routine hunting trek with two qalunaat, or whites, when one is shot while she is off making tea for the group. Edie's beloved stepson Joe, in training to be a nurse, comes by snowmobile to help since a blizzard grounds the available planes, but the man dies anyway. Despite their doubts, Edie and Joe acquiesce to the Tribal Council's decision that the death was self-inflicted, a hunting accident. The Council doesn't want one of the only profitable sources of income on the Island, the guiding, to be impacted by suspicious death investigations.

Edie decides not to rock the boat, since gaining the patriarchal Council's approval to be a guide was difficult enough despite her enormous skill as a hunter and guide, and she needs the part time guiding jobs to pay for Joe's schooling. But Joe is more doubtful, and when another guiding trip goes wrong, more deaths prompts the fierce and independent Edie to start investigating with the reluctant help of Inuit police sergeant Derek Palliser, who would much rather be researching lemmings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artic Adventure 8 Dec 2012
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Loved this book, couldn't put it down. The characters are flawed and human and very well crafted and believable. I know some people have said that they felt that some of the characters weren't rounded out enough, but I liked that, not everyone you meet in life is that well known to you, so for me, that made it all the more believable, I didn't particularly want to know more about everyone.
I enjoyed the careful crafting of the details of life in the Artic, of the food, the native ways, transport etc. The gradually revealed relationships, also very accurately seen, I felt, were also more representative of real life encounters. All in all, a thrilling read and I look forward to reading 'The Boy in the Snow'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting thriller 25 Mar 2011
A riveting thriller with many twists and turns, that takes us on a journey into the unknown. And Edie, the detective, is a great character.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and mesmeric 27 Mar 2011
Set in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic, White Heat is an absorbing crime thriller with an original and memorable central character, Edie, a diminutive Inuit woman with a mind of her own. McGrath evokes the location with such acuity that you actually feel the cold while you're reading. An excellent book and a fascinating insight into an unknown world with a plot that keeps you engrossed right until its beautifully executed end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great absorbing read 6 Nov 2012
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Really enjoyed this slightly unusual read. It was great to get a flavour of the Canadian artic areas and the people that lived there. It has put me in the mood for more by the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hunt for the truth 25 July 2012
This is a terrific book set on Ellesmere Island deep in the Arctic Circle just across the water/ice from Greenland. It's central character is Edie Kiglatuk a hunter / guide based in a small community where the modern world is trying to get a foothold but traditional values; customs, language and beliefs are just about holding their own. Edie turns detective when her personal world is turned upside down by the killing of a hunter. The harshness of the environment is brought home and adds to the tension of story. Edie needs all her skills to prevail and sets about tracking down the killers as the evidence is gathered. A rich sense of place is found in these pages; it is cold, dramatic and unyielding but for Edie it is their home and it is a joy to share it briefly. The real benefit is to share this story from a native perspective, the thrills & chills without fear of frostbite from your easy chair. The life of the Inuit peoples isn't made touristy or over sentimentalized but it is clearly written from a position of knowledge and respect. It touches some of the issues seen in The Day is Dark by Yrsa Siguršardóttir but gives a much better sense of place and isolation. More of a novel than a typical crime book; however it has a credible plot and a satisfactory conclusion with the usual twists and turns associated with that genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and exciting in parts 22 Jun 2012
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This story starts off fast but then slows down whilst we get to know the characters in depth and their relationships. There's a small problem with this. The most sympathetic character is killed off quite early on and the other characters all want to be somewhere else, doing something else and escape into alcohol, drugs or some other haven. I am glad I persevered, however, because the story picks up again about midway through and the rest of the story is pacy and imaginative. Other reviewers have pointed out that you can feel the cold whilst reading and this is true. The descriptions of the snow, weather and local food and drink are detailed. There is a lot conveyed about the Inuit culture in this book. By the end of the book, the main character, Edie, and the policeman, Derek, had become more rounded, grounded and sympathetic. I might read another story about Edie and Derek if there is one.
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