White Heat

White Heat

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2010 | Unabridged
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A riveting Arctic mystery that marks the fiction debut of a "wickedly talented" writer (New York Times)

Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an "authentic" Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her. Though these events are seemingly unrelated, Edie's Inuit hunter sensibility tells her otherwise. With or without Derek's help, she is determined to find the key to this connection--a search that takes her beyond her small village and into the far reaches of the tundra.

White Heat is a stunning debut novel set in an utterly foreign culture amid an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors and never-rotting bones. A suspense-filled adventure story that will captivate fans of Henning Mankell's bestselling mysteries, this book marks the start of an exciting new series.

Publisher: Ashland, Ore. : Blackstone Audio, ©2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455110285
Branch Call Number: MCG
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (approximately 13 hours) : MP3, digital ; 12 cm
audio file,MP3
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate


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Apr 18, 2016

I am hoping that I can rely on this authors research of the Canadian north because this is definitely an area of the country I know very little about, except that like most indigenous people, they got screwed over by whoever was taking over their land.

I liked the protagonist in this story, she was eminently likable, with her struggles to stay sober, the unresolved emotions about her ex-husband, her wish to do the right thing and her tenacity at finding out the truth.
It was amusing to listen to the Inuit community disparage the southerners who came to visit, like they were an alien species who didn't make sense. It's so often that us southerners (or in general, all us non-indigenous people) forget that we're just as strange to others as they are to us.
I thought the author did a fine job of creating a story that included so many of the issues facing the far north, from lack of jobs to substance abuse, from climate change to natural resource exploitation and the difficulties of living in such an environment. All this added into a mystery that went all the way back to the beginnings of Arctic exploration by unprepared explorers.
It was a good book and I'll be looking to read the next in the series.

Sep 14, 2012

Insights into northern life and Inuit culture and lifestyle.

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