White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Series #1)

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An Alaskan State trooper must satisfy both Eskimo and "white man's" justice.

Trooper Nathan Active, child of a fifteen-year-old unmarried Inupiat Eskimo girl, was given up for adoption and raised in Anchorage, where he graduated from the university. Now that he has been posted to his remote birth village, Chukchi, he longs to return to civilization. Before that happens, he is confronted with atypical suicides. Eskimos are notoriously at risk for self-slaughter, but never has one...

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Overview

An Alaskan State trooper must satisfy both Eskimo and "white man's" justice.

Trooper Nathan Active, child of a fifteen-year-old unmarried Inupiat Eskimo girl, was given up for adoption and raised in Anchorage, where he graduated from the university. Now that he has been posted to his remote birth village, Chukchi, he longs to return to civilization. Before that happens, he is confronted with atypical suicides. Eskimos are notoriously at risk for self-slaughter, but never has one man after another shot himself in the Adam's apple. Can a shaman's curse really be at work?

Lucy Generous is a beautiful villager who is enlivening Nathan's tour of duty. Nathan's mother tells him to beware; she wants him to find a girl who went to college and has a good job. But with Lucy's help, the nalauqmiiyaak (almost white) state trooper begins to understand his Eskimo heritage, which provides him with the solution to the crimes that he is confronted with.

This is the first in a series of Nathan Active mysteries.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Nathan Active series

"Robust.... Active maintains his awe of the vast Alaskan tundra, a forbidding region that Jones renders in all its bone-chilling beauty."
The New York Times Book Review

"Trroper Active proves such an interesting and likable guide that the selfish reader can't but hope Nathan won't get that Anchorage transfer for at least a few more books."
Wall Street Journal

"Jones captures in precise detail... the starkly individual spirit of thi village's collection of characters....His depiction of a freezing world of tarpaper houses and whaling camps is absolutely convincing."
Houston Chronicle

New York Times Book Review
The crimes...[are] nowhere near as interesting as the cycles of life in this fierce climate...
Library Journal
Fans of authentic Alaskan mysteries will love this new series featuring state trooper Nathan Active. A full-blooded Inupiat adopted by a white family and raised in Anchorage, he has been assigned to the remote village of Chukchi, where his formidable birth mother and a small host of other memorable characters are coping with a string of youthful suicides. People blame a family curse for the latest--though Active has his doubts--and the next falls totally outside the pattern. Details of speech, everyday life, and cultural beliefs permeate the narrative, while Active's position as a native raised by whites provides frequent humor. First-rate. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
NY Times Book Review
The crimes...[are] nowhere near as interesting as the cycles of life in this fierce climate...
Kirkus Reviews
North of everything, where even Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak and Sue Henry's Alex Jensen fear to tread, Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active plies a slow but steady trade in law enforcement in his hated native village of Chukchi. Lately, a pair of suicides has made life more interesting for Nathan. Not many people shoot themselves in the throat with rifles, but both Gray Wolf miner George Clinton and mechanic Aaron Stone did—George in continuing fulfillment of a family curse that's already carried off his two older brothers as suicides—unless Nathan wants to believe a mean old drunk who informs him cryptically that George was really killed by "that qauqlik" ("the chief"), and the growing evidence that Gray Wolf, which has poured money into Chukchi and sharply cut domestic violence complaints in the village, may not be the smiling Big Brother it appears. Working his way through a bleak, lovingly rendered northern landscape, his own divided feelings about police dispatcher Lucy Generous, and a cast polarized by race, class, and their positions on hunting and liquor and the law, Nathan finally puts the pieces together, though not in time to prevent a third suicide. There's never much mystery about what's behind Chukchi's troubles, but first-timer Jones takes aim at his familiar targets with zest and brings them down in a rousing finale, though one that seems as long as an Alaskan winter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569473337
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Nathan Active Series , #1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 650,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.49 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Unique and very interesting view of the indigenous people in a small rural town in Alaska

    Recommended for sensitive and compelling writing about the Inupiat culture in rural Alaska. Jones offers the reader insight into the social problems (e.g. Alcoholism) and interpersonal dynamics of the town in which a suicide..(or was it murder) takes place. If you like to explore unfamiliar geographical settings in your mystery reading, you will like this, even though the mystery itself is no thriller.
    This is the first Book by Stan Jones I've read, and I'm planning on reading more.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    A Promising Debut

    I read a review of the most recent Active novel and found this book at a local library. It is a promising debut. Active seems a bit colorless and stolid but is a fallible, dogged, and clever investigator. Stan Jones doesn't overdo the local color but you can tell he knows native Alaska. It might be fair to call him a Far North Tony Hillerman. I still think John Straley's Cecil Younger series are the best Alaskan crime stories I have read but Jones and Active are a pair to watch. Another book or two should help me make up my mind.

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