White Heat

White Heat

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk is only half Inuit, so she has never commanded the full respect of the elders on Ellesmere Island. However, when a tourist is killed under her watch and the police get involved, Edie decides to begin her own investigation. But when a close friend suddenly commits suicide, Edie becomes convinced the tragedy is somehow related to the murder.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455110261
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO MYSTERY McGrath M.J. 08/2011
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (13 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate
Blackstone Audio, Inc


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Apr 18, 2016

I am hoping that I can rely on this authors research of the Canadian north because this is definitely an area of the country I know very little about, except that like most indigenous people, they got screwed over by whoever was taking over their land.

I liked the protagonist in this story, she was eminently likable, with her struggles to stay sober, the unresolved emotions about her ex-husband, her wish to do the right thing and her tenacity at finding out the truth.
It was amusing to listen to the Inuit community disparage the southerners who came to visit, like they were an alien species who didn't make sense. It's so often that us southerners (or in general, all us non-indigenous people) forget that we're just as strange to others as they are to us.
I thought the author did a fine job of creating a story that included so many of the issues facing the far north, from lack of jobs to substance abuse, from climate change to natural resource exploitation and the difficulties of living in such an environment. All this added into a mystery that went all the way back to the beginnings of Arctic exploration by unprepared explorers.
It was a good book and I'll be looking to read the next in the series.

Sep 14, 2012

Insights into northern life and Inuit culture and lifestyle.


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