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Northern Lights | [Nora Roberts]

Northern Lights

Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.
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Publisher's Summary

The town of Lunacy, Alaska, was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year's Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaskan sky lifts his spirits and convinces him to stay just a little longer.

Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year's kiss with the chief of police, she allows herself to give in to passion - while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.

And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day - and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life - and the new love - that he has finally found for himself.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] richly textured novel that captures the intimacy of smalltown police work, the prickliness of the pioneer spirit and the paradox of a setting at once intimate and expansive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Roberts's latest hit novel could not be performed better." (AudioFile)

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    Charlotte Detroit, MI, USA 07-22-08
    Charlotte Detroit, MI, USA 07-22-08
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    "Great"

    This book was a little slow, but great non the less.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Guiselle 01-19-13
    Guiselle 01-19-13

    Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance

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    "The balance between murder and romance"

    I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the throngs of Norah Robert fans. Ok, I'm still not an avid fan, but I did like the book, and that's good enough for me.
    After decades of feeling like a pariah and thinking: Is this it?, this novel finally made me think: Ok, I think I get it. Kinda.
    Certainly a good listen. Well. Let's get to it, shall we?

    Premise:
    So, this guy, Nate, an ex cop, is pretty depressed after an incident in which his partner got killed. So he quits his job and moves to Alaska. ...Ok.
    So he gets there and becomes chief of police in this town called Lunacy. (Lunacy, get it? The townspeople are pretty weird and they are called Lunatics. Mrs Roberts seems to have an excellent although not very subtle sense of humor. It's funny, though, isn't it? Lunatics? LOL).
    Nate meets and falls in love with this awesome bush pilot woman Meg. Then a body is discovered on a mountain. The rest of the plot circles around this murder. Who'd done it?! :-O

    The excitement in this books comes mainly from the murder, and the search for the killer. The love between Meg and Nate seems almost placid. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, but I liked that. Nice, kinda calm love. No real drama there.
    Very pleasant.
    While on the one hand, the pace seemed slow and nothing much happened with regards to Meg and Nate, on the other hand, the abundance of Lunatic (lol) characters made me feel as if a lot was going on in the overall story. I need to confess, though that most of the characters (including the main characters) seemed a bit 'flat' to me. Take Nate for example, although he was supposed to be tormented, I wasn't really convinced. The scenes in which his depression was discussed, seemed spaced out and didn't seem to tie into the whole.

    All in all, I liked the book. It wasn't spectacular, but certainly a solid suspense/ romance novel. If you're looking for a novel with a romance/ murder plot. This one's as good as any and better than quite a few. Nice descriptions of the surroundings are included. I would say the romance aspect was pleasantly there, but the murder investigative side of it was more prevalent.

    The narrator has a very nice voice, by the way. My only problem, and that's one of my pet peeves, so please indulge me, is that male narrators sometimes tend to 'overdo' female voices or intonations. I found that mr. Littman's (narrator) rendition of Meg (and of her mother) sometimes tended a bit towards a caricaturization.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 12-08-12
    MidwestGeek 12-08-12
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    "What's all the excitement about?"

    Although romance novels are not my thing, having seen such strong reviews for Nora Roberts as a writer, I decided to give this very highly rated, stand-alone mystery-thriller a try. I found it extremely tedious. Although the writing is good, her character and location development took forever, and I was 3 hours into listening before the mystery presented itself. After listening to half the book, I give up. There are no original ideas or interesting insights to be found here. Whether her descriptions of Alaska and the people who move there are typical, I can't say, but the plot just drags on and on. Maybe condensed into about half the length, it could be a good read but I just don't care. I am not one who is offended either by strong language or by explicit descriptions of sex, but the characters and descriptions seem so hackneyed.

    Without revealing any spoilers, I can share that the heroine is a strong, self-assured, independent women, only a bit too perfect. Perfectly rational and truthful with a perfectly sculptured, sexy body, easily aroused yet always under control. The hero is the consummate police detective but emotionally scarred and needy, suffering from depression but unwilling to take any meds because he can't think or work under their influence. He's unsure of himself one minute but the perfect lover the next. He doesn't miss a detail even though some days he can barely drag himself out of bed. I know a person can harbor many self-contradictions, but somehow this guy never became believable.

    I can pretty much see how the rest of the book will develop and how things will turn out, but I just don't care about these people or the solution to the mystery. I guessed who the bad guy was, and I looked online at a spoiler review to check that I was right.

    The narrator does a good job with the material and characters, although I couldn't stand the voice he used for the woman who was the town mayor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marydior 03-18-11
    Marydior 03-18-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A great listen"

    Truly enjoyed this book. A great blend of substance, humour and romance with a well defined plot and engaging character development.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-02-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 02-02-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Enjoyable"

    This was my first Nora Roberts book and I enjoyed listening to the end. I found the end of the book a bit predicable but the narrator made up for that. Overall I would recommend this book.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Janell Seattle, WA 03-18-15
    Janell Seattle, WA 03-18-15

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    "Entertaining book!"

    I enjoyed this book, the story was interesting and kept me on my toes. had a bit of drama, character development, romance, and evolving murder mystery! !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 03-11-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2011

    Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.

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    "I enjoyed it"

    It could have been shorter but I still enjoyed it. Characters were likable, a bit long winded. Narrator did a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lewis New York City 03-01-15
    A. Lewis New York City 03-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Good time"

    Good story narration loses points because his female voices were lame. Story was engaging, it was more murder mystery than romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 12-31-14
    Gary 12-31-14
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    "Great Storyline."

    This story demonstrates the tenacity that our first responders have engrained in their hearts. I realize this is a fictional story, but Nora Roberts got it right about our Nations's Police Officers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-18-14
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    "Remarkable"
    If you could sum up Northern Lights in three words, what would they be?

    Getting Nothing Done


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have had this book for years and have read it many times but never have I enjoyed a book more than this audio book. I cannot pick one thing I like best. I do know I have had a hard time just letting go of my Kindle to get something done--like cook dinner.


    What does Gary Littman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Do not listen to anyone who might criticize Gary Littman. His performance borders on truly remarkable. Love Hopp. Got used to Meg. Had her harder in my mind after reading the book. He softened her up a bit. "Ignatius" reminded me of the police officer I knew in my hometown; tough when he needed to be but compassionate and human the rest of the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but little things intruded like the need to eat, sleep, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really enjoyed this book. I might be regressing back to my childhood, enjoying being read to but, there was nothing childlike in the audio version of this book. Thank you, Gary Littman and Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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