The Boy in the Snow

The Boy in the Snow

Book - 2012
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Edie Kiglatuk's discovery along Alaska's Iditarod trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy

M. J. McGrath's debut novel,  White Heat , earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such as  Smilla's Sense of Snow  and the Kurt Wallander series.

In M. J. McGrath's compelling follow-up to  White Heat,  Edie Kiglatuk, the half-Inuit and half-outsider heroine, prepares to help her ex-husband, Sammy, in his bid to win Alaska's world-famous Iditarod. But the race turns grim when she stumbles upon body of an infant--its tiny corpse covered in mysterious ceremonial markings--on land belonging to the Old Believers, an exiled Russian Orthodox sect.

Meanwhile, it's election time and the lead candidate for governor of Alaska, Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg, desperately wants to keep Edie's discovery out of the press. As Sammy mushes his team across frozen wilderness, Edie begins an investigation that leads into a murky world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself threatened by a painful secret from her past.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670023691
0670023698
Branch Call Number: M MCG
Characteristics: 371 p. ;,24 cm

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Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This novel is part of a series featuring Edie Kiglatuk. Here Edie finds herself down in Alaska from her home in Ellesmere Island helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to race the Iditarod. Sergeant Derek Palliser is the other member of Sammy's support team. Edie is out for a walk when she sees a spirit bear and follows it, losing her way. When she gets back on track, she finds a small baby dead in a spirit house, but it is unclear who placed him there.
Edie's search for the truth and for justice for the small boy lead her to political corruption, the dark underworld of human trafficking, and immense danger for herself and her friends.Edie does things she's never done before, like driving a truck, and uses her wayfinding and tracking skills to learn more about the young women in danger here.
The Iditarod is the background and the reason for Edie being in Alaska, and while never the focus for action, characters revolve around it, whether they are directly involved, or not.
There is also a focus on the fear of the "other", here a splinter group of Russian Orthodox believers that, because others don't understand their beliefs and they live apart from the community, are vilified and blamed for behaviours and actions they have no relation to.
The quest by some in this novel for power is one of both sheer determination and complex planning, as they try to stay ahead of events and have backups for anything going wrong.
Edie's own differences and reactions are something they didn't plan for, and she becomes the unravelling.
A very different environment with unique characters.

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