Edie Kiglatuk is an interesting and different sort of protagonist. She is half Inuit and half white, living in an extreme northern part of Canada, clo..Show More »se to Greenland. The story depicts this community inhabiting an environment that is almost beyond my imagining, so harsh are the sub-zero temperatures, 24 hour dark (or daylight) for half the year, and conditions of poverty and tradition that have kept this area remote from the progress farther south. Though perhaps this proud people do not feel that a lack, but rather prefer to live with the lifestyle of hunting, fishing, and spirit closeness that they have always had.
Edie is a rare female guide. So when a man is murdered on an expedition she is leading, there is concern at first that she could lose her permit to be a guide. But that worry quickly drops behind other, more important elements, as her beloved step son is found, assumed to have committed suicide. She knows he would never do that, and that realization triggers her entrance into a dangerous adventure in conditions that are frightening in many dimensions. She believes the two deaths are related and feels she must investigate on her own. Edie proves to be a courageous and strong woman, who turns for some help to the police sergeant, who is dealing with his own emotional conflicts.
The narration is good, the story builds in suspense, and there are never any lags that have "filler" added to pad the book (or not in my opinion). Although it is rather a long book, there are no dull stretches at all, and the level of interest for the lore and information about the area was fascinating.