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The Boy in the Snow by M.J. McGrath
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Jul 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: own
Read from May 31 to October 30, 2013

This is a clever story with deep resonating comment on modern life. The main characters of the first book, White Heat are transposed into Alaska during the annual dogsled endurance race.
The star again is native hunter and Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk clearly out of her comfort zone. This aspect is presented factually and not overplayed; her ability to adjust and adapt is championed as she takes on a new case. Finding a dead child in the forest she sets out to uncover the truth and find justice for the little one.
Along the way she has to overcome prejudice and tackle corruption within the local police department, unscrupulous business and political ambition, religious extremism and cult beliefs with sex slave people trafficking.
This makes for a complex and engrossing novel, the story is expertly woven into a cracking read with a strong sense of danger and clever plot twists.
The person of Edie is well drawn and realistic. Not only surviving within a modern age but adjusting and confronting where others comply, always able to draw on her own native instincts and the spirit world.
The book is a stand alone thriller that throws background light onto our imperfect modern world; it does this in an entertaining way without signposting issues or preaching a greener way. The author is clearly at home in this world and allows the reader to gain insight like a good guide. Her passion is reflected in excellent prose and rich language, humour prevails throughout but the real star of the book is the Arctic north.

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