Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller

by Olivier Truc

After 40 days without sunlight in the Arctic, detectives Klemet Nango and Nina Nansen have a case on their hands: theft and murder. The two crimes are separate, but the experienced officer and his newbie partner instantly suspect that the two crimes are connected.

What follows is their investigation into the death of a local reindeer herder and the theft of a priceless artifact, a drum, from the local museum.

But there is so much more to this story. It takes place in Lapland, and the region’s indigenous people and their customs are explored. Also examined is the political culture of the land, as well as the unusual system of law enforcement.

On top of all of that, a treasure hunt gets underway, in which men, native and foreign, search for gold.

There’s a lot to absorb in this Arctic thriller/mystery, but it is well worth your time. The protagonists, Klemet and Nina, are very likable, and the setting is really fascinating.

A great read in the cold winter weather!


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