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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 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 dogsled 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.
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By Donna on 09-16-14
Somber Alaska mystery
Would you listen to The Boy in the Snow again? Why?
Yes. Although the major steps in the clue process are relatively simple, you get a lot of illumination on local culture and the nature of the characters.
What other book might you compare The Boy in the Snow to and why?
Oddly, it reminded me of 'The Maltese Falcon' and other classic mysteries from the early 20th Century. It has a sense of film noir about it.
Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I've listened to part of "The Gathering Storm" and her voice work was good on that one as well.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The discovery of the small child. You want to know who could do something awful to a baby.
Any additional comments?
I like this series a lot, and I can't wait for the next volume.