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Title:
The boy in the snow
Author:
McGrath, M. J., 1964-
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2012.
Physical Description:
371 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
"In The Boy in the Snow, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk finds herself in Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dog sled race. The race takes a grim turn when Edie stumbles upon the body of a baby left out in the forest. The state troopers are keen to pin the death on the Dark Believers--a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect--but Edie's instincts tell her otherwise. Her investigations take her into a world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself confronted by a painful secret from her past"--
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780670023691

9780143124146
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Book

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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.


Author Notes

M. J. (Melanie) McGrath is a journalist and an author of several  books of nonfiction, including The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic . She was awarded the John Llewlyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday Award for best British author under thirty-five. She lives and works in London. The Boy in the Snow is her second novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Canadian High Arctic native Edie Kiglatuk is diverted from her main mission in Alaska to back up her ex-husband, Sammy Inukpuk, in the Iditarod when she finds the body of an infant boy in the snow. Police suspect that the Old Believers, a sect broken from the Russian Orthodox Church, are behind the baby's death and arrest one of its members, a man Edie saw in the area. But even outside the comfort zone of her native Ellesmere Island, Edie is fierce in her desire for justice for the baby and is driven to find the truth. With the help of her friend, police sergeant Derek Palliser, who's also in Alaska to help Sammy, she uncovers a scheme of sex trafficking of underage girls and the black-market sale of babies. Half-Inuit Edie, who debuted in White Heat (2011), here finds herself at mortal risk from the cold, so masterfully described that it chills the reader. McGrath adds an element of Inuit spirituality to this fast-moving mystery of corruption and cover-ups, meeting expectations established by the compelling series opener.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The two-week 1,150-mile Iditarod dog sled race from near Wasilla to Nome, Alaska, forms the backdrop for McGrath's outstanding second mystery featuring half-Caucasian, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk (after 2011's White Heat). A native of Ellesmere Island, Edie comes to Alaska to help her ex-husband, Sammy Inukpuk, who's trying to regain his self-respect by racing. In the forest outside Wasilla, Edie encounters a mysterious bear that leads her to the frozen body of a baby boy lying in the saddle of a snowmobile. Edie, a homesick, guilt-ridden "outsider in her own world," seeks to untangle the disturbing truth behind the infant's death, aided by her policeman friend, Derek Palliser, who's also assisting Sammy in the race. McGrath has a firm grasp on a little known culture, its values and language, and excels at bringing to life such characters as conniving Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg and his power-hungry wife, Marsha. This affecting novel should melt even the most frozen human hearts. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.