White Heat (Edie Kiglatuk Series#1)

White Heat (Edie Kiglatuk Series#1)

by M. J. McGrath
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White Heat (Edie Kiglatuk Series#1) by M. J. McGrath

Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, White Heat is the first book in the gripping Edie Kiglatuk Mystery Series, with "an Arctic setting so real it’ll give you frostbite" (Dana Stabenow, author of A Cold Day for Murder)

Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from her community's Council of Elders. While Edie is leading two tourists on a hunting expedition, one of them is shot and killed. The Council wants to call it an accident, but Edie and police sergeant Derek Palliser suspect otherwise. When the other tourist disappears, Edie sets off into the far reaches of the tundra for answers.

A stunning debut novel, White Heat launches a formidable new series set amidst an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors, and never-rotting bones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101517666
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2011
Series: Edie Kiglatuk Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 155,035
File size: 481 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

M. J. McGrath is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal. She was awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best British writer under thirty-five, and currently lives in London.

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White Heat 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Jubee More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning book with a setting foreign to most readers--the high Arctic--and a flawed half-Inuit heroine Edie, whose stalwart heart and mind lead her to push against the pressures from her struggling community and family and against bureaucratic authority to pursue mysterious deaths of people in her care. Along the way, she encounters great danger and suffers great personal loss. But the chilling mystery to be solved has nothing on the harsh frozen presence of the Arctic itself. Along with a fascinating heroine, the poetic rendering of the frozen cold and ice of the high Arctic and the clear-eyed picture of the physical and psychological hardships of the Inuits who live there make this book a must-read, especially for mystery fans tired of the same old formuleic series.
MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
Well plotted, well written. Much interesting info re arctic culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good mystery to see how Edie got out of all her predicaments and how they lived and what they ate in the tundra.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
White Heat is the first book in a series about Inuit (well, 50%) hunter, guide, and teacher Edie Kiglatuk. In brief, I found the book to be mediocre (and I searched the online thesaurus in an attempt to find a better word). The setting – in and around Ellesmere Island (in the Canadian arctic territory of Nunavut), with a side trip to Greenland – was exquisite, with excellent and vivid descriptions provided by the author. The plot and its pacing were fair to good, perhaps even better than that. It took a little longer than usual for the novel to hook me in to WANT to continue rather than “being patient and seeing where this thing is going”. My biggest issue with the book was its characters – I never really developed a liking for any of them. This includes our protagonist Edie Kiglatuk – and especially applies to local police presence Derek Pallister. I can appreciate that a well-rounded character should have some flaws, but there should be enough positive to allow the reader to LIKE them, at least a little. Ms. McGrath seemed to devote more energy to describing the chararacters’ weaknesses than in what we could or should find good in them. I enjoyed this book enough that I will add the second book in this series, The Boy in the Snow, to my To Be Read list. However, I do not do this with the enthusiasm that tempts me to move it to the top of the list; rather, it is in the mundane “I’ll get to it sooner or later” category. (I confess that I was in what appears to be a minority who did not like Henning Mankell’s first Wallander book – but have grown to appreciate and even love the series more with subsequent offerings.) RATING: 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 stars where appropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this mystery continually challenged my cultural boundaries in an intriguing and fascinating manner. Edie is a strong main character with enough human flaws to be utterly believable. If you want to explore a truly alien landscape to most who live in more southern realms - dive into this series.
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