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

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

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by Stan Jones
     
 

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In the small Alaskan village of Chukchi, what are the odds of two suicides occurring in a matter of a few days? State trooper Nathan Active discovers that his suspicions concerning the deaths are well-founded; the two men were murdered. But what was the motive and who killed them?See more details below

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In the small Alaskan village of Chukchi, what are the odds of two suicides occurring in a matter of a few days? State trooper Nathan Active discovers that his suspicions concerning the deaths are well-founded; the two men were murdered. But what was the motive and who killed them?

Editorial Reviews

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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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569478158
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Nathan Active Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
131,376
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Stan Jones was born in Anchorage, where he now lives. He is an environmentalist and journalist, as well as a bush pilot who has flown all over northwest Alaska.

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