The Whisper of Legends: An Inspector Green Mystery

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When his teenage daughter goes missing on a summer wilderness canoe trip to the Nahanni River, Inspector Michael Green is forced into unfamiliar territory. Unable to mobilize the local RCMP, he enlists the help of his long-time friend, Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan, to accompany him to the Northwest Territories to look for themselves.

Green is terrified. The park has 30,000 square kilometres of wilderness and 600 grizzlies. Even worse, Green soon discovers his daughter lied to ...

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Overview

When his teenage daughter goes missing on a summer wilderness canoe trip to the Nahanni River, Inspector Michael Green is forced into unfamiliar territory. Unable to mobilize the local RCMP, he enlists the help of his long-time friend, Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan, to accompany him to the Northwest Territories to look for themselves.

Green is terrified. The park has 30,000 square kilometres of wilderness and 600 grizzlies. Even worse, Green soon discovers his daughter lied to him. The trip was organized not by a reputable tour company but by her new boyfriend, Scott, a graduate geology student. When clues about Scott's past begin to drift in, Green, Sullivan, and two guides head into the wilderness. After the body of one of the group turns up at the bottom of a cliff, they begin to realize just what is at stake.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Barbara Fradkin's ninth Inspector Green Mystery is a well-written page-turner with a pace as fast as the current in the famous Nahanni River, where Hannah Green has gone missing. She has told neither of her divorced parents the truth about her trip into the wilderness of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. When one of her group's canoes washes up in the shallows downstream, her father Inspector Michael Green of the Ottawa Police cannot wait for the local authorities to officially take action and heads out to Fort Simpson with his colleague Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan to find Hannah. Even though Mike is a city boy, he is undeterred by the daunting wilds. He and Sullivan head down the river with a guide, his dog and a pilot, who are intimately familiar with the River and its surroundings. The history of the Yukon, the gold rush, tales of tragedy and the possibility of riches just under the surface are seamlessly interspersed with the compelling story of Hannah and her father's quest to find her before it's too late. Canadian Distribution: UTP Distribution. U.S. Distribution: Ingram. (Apr.)
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The Whisper of Legends is at its best and most vivid when Fradkin is describing the grandeurs and perils of the wilderness.

London Free Press

Fradkin deftly captures the spirit of adventure in the North, and incorporates well-integrated commentary about the area’s natural resources and environmental issues. Quill & Quire

Author Barbara Fradkin has written a story worthy of her status as one of Canada's finest story tellers. She pushes the boundaries that little bit further into the labyrinth of "What would I do if it were my child?” Hamilton Spectator

Barbara Fradkin’s ninth Inspector Green Mystery is a well-written page-turner with a pace as fast as the current in the famous Nahanni River... Publisher's Weekly

Booklist
…combines a suspenseful story with plenty of opportunities to see the brook-no-nonsense inspector out of his natural element.
Buried Under Books
I suspect the author may have stepped outside of her own comfort zone with The Whisper of Legends but her ability to tell a grand story and address issues of concern at the same time has not lessened since the first book of hers I read long ago.
National Post
. . . Fradkin navigates the reader through every plot piece with quiet expertise and easy confidence, the kind that would get anyone out of a dangerous wilderness situation. The bar is set high for the Inspector’s 10th adventure after such a terrific instalment, but there’s no doubt in my mind Fradkin will clear it with room to spare.
Reviewing the Evidence.com
There is an interesting twist to the resolution of this complex tale of adventure and crime and loss. Excerpts from old letters provide an admixture of nostalgia for those possible fortunes to be discovered in forgotten claims in the Canadian wilds . . .Fradkin provides us with another intriguing Inspector Green mystery far from his usual Ottawa beat.
Quill & Quire
Fradkin deftly captures the spirit of adventure in the North, and incorporates well-integrated commentary about the area’s natural resources and environmental issues.
The Globe and Mail
Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green has emerged as one of Canada’s best and brightest fictional sleuths. Barbara Fradkin has won two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Crime Novel and this one, her 11th in the series, is definitely one of her best.
Merchant of Menace: Sleuths of Bake Street Newsletter
I was cheering Green along as he struggled against his fears and tried his hardest to be an asset, rather than a hindrance, in an investigation that could mean the life or death of his daughter. A really great read!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459705678
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Inspector Green Mystery Series , #9
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Fradkin is a retired psychologist who is fascinated with why people turn bad. She has written numerous short stories and novellas, as well as the critically-acclaimed Inspector Green novels. Two of these, Fifth Sonand Honour Among Men, have won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. She currently lives in Ottawa.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

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    Mike Green is a force to be reckoned with on the streets of Ott


    Mike Green is a force to be reckoned with on the streets of Ottawa but he’s truly out of his element when he goes in search of his daughter in the vast wilderness surrounding the Nahanni River. He finds himself in this situation when there are signs her small group may be in trouble and, being a cop and a dad, he can’t just sit home and wait for others to rescue them—if rescue is even needed. The man in charge of the local RCMP doesn’t think so and Inspector Green learns that his position in a fellow law enforcement agency carries little weight. Fortunately, not everyone feels the same way but will they be able to find Hannah before something terrible happens?

    It has been many years since my camping and hiking days and I never did any serious whitewater canoeing but I know enough to understand the dangers faced by anyone trekking through such terrain. Add to that some questionable motives, the loner personalities that thrive in such surroundings and the inevitable results of greed run amok and you’ve got a thriller that will keep you up nights till it’s all over. I especially enjoyed the historical storyline that ties in with the modern-day quest for survival. I suspect the author may have stepped outside of her own comfort zone with The Whisper of Legends but her ability to tell a grand story and address issues of concern at the same time has not lessened since the first book of hers I read long ago.

    Barbara Fradkin first came to my attention a number of years in the past, probably along about late 2000 or early 2001. A the time, I owned a genre bookstore and I was interested in bringing in some mysteries (and other genres) by Canadian authors because I knew our customers hadn’t really been exposed to many. Do or Die was my introduction to Ms. Fradkin and to Inspector Green. Both have stuck in my mind ever since but, truth is, I had drifted away and didn’t read anything else by her until now. As much as I loved having a bookstore, a big downside is that you just can’t devote the time you might have previously to keeping up with series because you have to read so many new books to “know the product”. In this case, I knew she was a terrific writer and my customers would enjoy the inspector so I didn’t have a real need to read more. We always brought in the next books and our customers did, indeed, love them.

    Now, I’m delighted to have gotten back on the right track and, since it will be a while before the next title, I can indulge myself by starting at the beginning again. As the saying goes, “I can’t hardly wait”.

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