Edie Kiglatuk's discovery along Alaska's Iditarod Trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy.
M. J. McGrath's debut novel, White Heat, earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such as Smilla's Sense of Snow and the Kurt Wallander series.
In The Boy in the Snow, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk finds herself in Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dogsled race. The race takes a grim turn when Edie stumbles upon the body of a baby left out in the forest. The state troopers are keen to pin the death on the Dark Believers - a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect - but Edie's instincts tell her otherwise. Her investigations take her into a world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself confronted by a painful secret from her past.
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"The two-week 1,150-mile Iditarod dog sled race from near Wasilla to Nome, Alaska, forms the backdrop for McGrath’s outstanding second mystery featuring half-Caucasian, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk…. McGrath has a firm grasp on a little known culture, its values and language, and excels at bringing to life such characters as conniving Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg and his power-hungry wife, Marsha. This affecting novel should melt even the most frozen human hearts." (Publishers Weekly)
"Edie is fierce in her desire for justice…. [She] finds herself at mortal risk from the cold, so masterfully described that it chills the reader." (Booklist)
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Yes. Although the major steps in the clue process are relatively simple, you get a lot of illumination on local culture and the nature of the characters.
Oddly, it reminded me of 'The Maltese Falcon' and other classic mysteries from the early 20th Century. It has a sense of film noir about it.
I've listened to part of "The Gathering Storm" and her voice work was good on that one as well.
The discovery of the small child. You want to know who could do something awful to a baby.
I like this series a lot, and I can't wait for the next volume.
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