Barbara Fradkin's "Inspector Michael Green" is a passionate, justice-driven detective whose saga has earned his creator numerous awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada. In the ninth novel of the series, The Whisper of Legends, Inspector Green finds himself in the isolated wilderness of the Northwest Territories with his missing daughter's suspicious boyfriend. Ray Chase's performance discerns the emotion in a novel that is full of psychological insight (probably due to the author's background in therapy). This pause-resister doesn't need much help from a narrator in the momentum department, but Chase's tension-laden voice takes listeners deep into the drama.
When his teenage daughter goes missing on a summer wilderness canoe trip to the Nahanni River, Inspector Michael Green is forced into unfamiliar territory. Unable to mobilize the local RCMP, he enlists the help of his long-time friend, Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan, to accompany him to the Northwest Territories to look for themselves. Green is terrified. The park has 30,000 square kilometers of wilderness and 600 grizzlies. Even worse, Green soon discovers his daughter lied to him. The trip was organized not by a reputable tour company but by her new boyfriend, Scott, a graduate geology student. When clues about Scott's past begin to drift in, Green, Sullivan, and two guides head into the wilderness. After the body of one of the group turns up at the bottom of a cliff, they begin to realize just what is at stake.
If you could sum up The Whisper of Legends in three words, what would they be?
Adventure. Mystery. Betrayal.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whisper of Legends?
This is a difficult question to answer without spoiling it for others. Cryptically speaking, the most memorable part of the story is when the clues to the group's whereabouts result in solving the mystery of their disappearance.
Have you listened to any of Ray Chase’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listened to other books by Ray Chase. He always delivers an outstanding performance and this book is no exception. The voices of the characters are consistent, believable and true to the story, allowing the plot to easily unfold. I especially enjoy the pace of his narration.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me anxious! From very near the beginning of the book, there is no contact or word of the lost adventurers. I felt that they were lost to me also.
Any additional comments?
I found the descriptions of the Canadian wilderness fascinating.
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