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on 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 Sigurðardóttir 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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