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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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  • Michele
  • Louisa, VA, United States
  • 11-30-11

Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself

This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts love/mystery stories. I first bought is in cassette but eventually wore those out and had to buy it digitally. The main character and his supporting cast are colorful, deep and they use their brains for thinking, not just to wear extra warm headgear for the cold.

If you are looking for a book that you can listen to anywhere - this is it. There is humor, life, death, murder, conspiracy, and a crazy tow-truck driver. I would love to see this have a sequel so I could hear more about the Lunitics and their steadfast Chief of Police!

The descriptions of the town and the surrounding land and mountains is so detailed, that you often feel you are their watching the Northern Lights with the characters.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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great story

This story had all the elements that I enjoy. A great read with romance,mystery,humor and believable characters it you have ever been to Alaska. I would recommend it to anyone.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • LUMBERTON, TX, United States
  • 07-16-09

one of the best

This and Montana sky is some of Nora Roberts best work. Great story, reader did a great job !

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Really Really Good

While one could say that most books in the romance genre following the same basic format--it's the back story that makes a book interesting or not and gives it its uniqueness. This back story is definitely interesting & unique. I really like the Alaskan setting & the suspense was intriguing. I'd picked out every character in the story (at one point or another) to be the villian before it was finally revealed. The narrator did a good job with the exception of the mayor's voice. The mayor is an older woman with a foghorn laugh--the narrator kinda over acted her part. But other than that (which is very tolerable) he did an excellent job. Overall I enjoyed the book & performance & would recommend it all the way around.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great story with a good (finally!) narrator

I love nearly all of NR's books because she gives you a story that moves along that also makes you smile. However this one had me glued to the car as the mystery unfolded. At first it was a bit strange to hear a man try to make female voices, but it grew on me and was much better than some of the other narrators they've used.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This was actually my first read through Audible.

I've read Nora Roberts on and off for over 30 years. I been listening to books on cds for a few years, going to and from work, and loved the experience of a good book being read to
me. Nora doesn't write bad books so any book she writes is a good read/listen. I am never disappointed in a woman's book being read by a man and this is not exception. Gary was great.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great

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

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamala
  • NORTH PLATTE, NE, United States
  • 05-25-11

Brings the story to life.

Not very often do I come across a audio that makes me believe I am in the book, but this book made me think I needed a warm coat in the middle of summer. GREAT JOB, everyone.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 05-24-11

Best of Nora Roberts...

Great story with very well written characters and a wonderful discription of the beauty of Alaska. This and Montana Sky are absolutly my favorites!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 02-02-11

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.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Tamara
  • 12-15-08

excellent audio experience

This is one of the better audiobooks that I have listen too.
The story told from a male main character, which is not common for a Nora Roberts book and Gary Littan handles all the characters parts brillantly each sound expressing the character personality and carry you easily though the story.

This is certainly an audio which I gladly listen to over and over again

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Janina
  • 05-01-10

Northern nights lovely narration by sexy American.

I read the book several years ago and thought I would like to hear it again. I was very pleased with the narrators voice.He takes the parts of the different characters very well and the book is much funnier than I remember and I'm sure that is due to hearing the book spoken in an appropriate accent for the setting rather than a welsh accent (in my head).Really enjoying it.

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  • Misty
  • 09-14-16

Great story

A cop who needs to get away after the death of his partner goes to work in Alaska. Seeing him settle in to and become part of the community was really enjoyable, but seeing him fall in love and get the bad guy was great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Veteran Listener
  • 07-15-16

please...

Any additional comments?

...give me Lunacy, Nate and a room, please, I really liked him. Nora Roberts did a good job, the book made me smile from time to time, for exemple Nate in the small airplane on his way to Lunacy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JD
  • 06-12-16

A reasonable story made better by very good narrator

Gary Littman, narrator does an excellent job in making the characters come to life. Unlike others I've listened to he manages so many different voices that you don't get confused which character is talking. I had a little issue with the ending of the story itself in that it was a little weak hence the 4* for that. The narrator made this book better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-16

Good

What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed Gary's voice he was good at changing between characters and pretty soothing overall

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

Yes, an intriguing mystery!

Any additional comments?

I actually stumbled across this by chance via youtube, was looking for Philip Pullman's Northern Lights but found this! <br/>I gave it a listen and liked it so much I bought it! <br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 02-07-16

this was perfect!

I want to go to Alaska now!

I narrator did all the voices so well that I knew exactly who was speaking before he said!

The story kept me guessing till the end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Toomanybooksnotenoughtime
  • 06-22-15

hugely enjoyable

Set in Alaska, this is a well crafted novel with a great cast of characters made even better by a great performance. A shining example of how a brilliant narration can really add to a story which was already good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 06-18-15

NORTHEN LIGHTS

What made the experience of listening to Northern Lights the most enjoyable?

THE WHOLE STORY WAS GREAT

Who was your favorite character and why?

I THINK THAT ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE GOOD AND NO ONE STOOD OUT AS ALL STOOD OUT

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

NO I SPREAD IT ACROSS A COUPLE OF DAYS

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CantVal
  • 03-29-15

Excellent story very well narrated

Set in Alaska this story revolves around two central characters both flawed and scarred by their previous experiences. Megan is a bush pilot who lives outside the town of Lunacy with her two dogs and her interactions with and increasing attraction to the chief of police form one of the main strands in the story. The story is gripping and I did not guess the relevant identity until close to the end. The life of a small town in Alaska is beautifully evoked and the narration is a pleasure. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mari
  • 06-01-14

More Romance than Mystery

Having read 'The Witness', which I absolutely loved, I was looking for another Nora Roberts novel that combined similar elements. Unfortunately, for me anyway, this was not the book. I found the two main women characters beyond annoying and so cliched and the mystery not all that interesting. The one saving grace was the Alaskan setting. The narrator was fine. I will try another Nora Roberts book because for me 'The Witness' was that good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kathy quinton
  • 11-15-17

The colours of Murder in Alaska

Different to have a male perspective .The omniscient voice is without artifice,as is the rough terrain of the magnificent Alaskan landscape.Romance ,Murder,intrigue,kept me guessing as to themurderer until almost the conclusion.I can usually guess much earlier,! The many colours of emotion contribute to a different perspective ,Another Nora Roberts masterpiece of construction.

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  • BDBgirl
  • 06-25-16

Great story - brilliant narration.

Where does Northern Lights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this audiobook and immediately went looking for other books narrated by Gary Littman (sadly there are very few).

What other book might you compare Northern Lights to, and why?

Romance, travel and a bit of mystery - a great combination if you like your mystery light rather than stomach-knot inducing!

What about Gary Littman’s performance did you like?

Fantastic characterisation really brought the story to life. I will listen to this book again. Gary Littman is brililant.