The issues that surface in this crime fiction will strike chords with Australian readers, particularly those who have read Adrian Hyland's novels (DIAMOND DOVE and GUNSHOT ROAD) Young men committing suicide is a big problem in the Alaskan Inupiat community. The Clinton family believes it has been cursed and so, to some extent, the death of their fourth son George, by his own hand, is no surprise. But when a second body is discovered, that of Aaron, alarm bells ring. Because Aaron is in his 50s and had everything to live for. Even more oddly he has killed himself in just the same way George did, a shotgun to the Adam's apple. The issues Stan Jones weaves into this tale - alcoholism in the Inupiat community, issues with mining as the community's economic salvation, environmental impacts, and the corruption of a local politician - al all strongly described. A very readable novel, worth trying to find.
White Sky, Black Ice
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Born to a poor Inupiat girl in Chukchi, Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, State Trooper Nathan Active was adopted and raised by a white family in Anchorage. Now, an unwelcome job reassignment has returned him to the stark, beautiful landscape of poverty-stricken Chukchi. Two suspicious suicides in the span of a week and rumors of trouble in the village and at the local copper mine lead Active to believe there is a killer at large. As a nalauqmiiyaaq, or someone regarded by the community as “halfwhite,” he must fight for every clue before the killer strikes again.
A Nathan Active Mystery
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The issues that surfac...
White Sky, Black Ice b...
White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones is the first Nathan Active mystery. Nathan Active is an Alaskan state trooper who's recently been sent from Anchorage to the remote village of Chukchi somewhere around the Arctic Circle. Most of the 2500 inhabitants of Chukchi are Inupiat--the people most of us call Eskimos. Although alcoholism and suicide rates are very high in Chukchi, it is unusual for two people to commit suicide within days of each other, and this rarity has Active suspicious. For someone like me whose idea of hell is anyplace cold, you'd think I'd steer clear of mysteries set in the Arctic Circle, but I really enjoyed this book. There is a small glossary in the front that helps with pronunciation of Inupiaq words. From Jones's descriptions, most of the buildings in Chukchi seem to be constructed of plywood, and since the warmest temperatures during the timeframe of this book seemed to be below zero, I'm glad I was sitting out in the pool when I read most of it! LOL Strong writing, characterization and plotting combined with immersion into an unfamiliar land and culture made for a very enjoyable reading experience.
I read this book for a...
I read this book for a RL book group. It is the start of the Nathan Active mystery series. It is set in northern, rural Alaska and is about the lives of the native people. It is the setting and the characters and the native lore that makes it such a good read. The writing is good, but very simple, and not as meaty as it could be. Nathan is the POV character and an Inupiat. He is an Alaskan State Trooper and has been stationed in the village of Chukchi. He was born there, but given to white teachers to raise. They moved to the city of Anchorage, were he grew up. Now returned to Chuckchi, Nathan is ignorant of his language, culture and the outdoor craft needed to survive in a harsh wilderness. Nathan's ignorance means the natives treat him like a half-breed, and allows the author to 'explain' the native lore for him, and the reading audience. Nathan struggles with his conflicted feelings for his birth mother, his feeling of loss for the easy good life in the city, and his hunger to learn about his culture and to belong. He alternates between wanting to return to Anchorage as soon as possible, and to take up with an Inupiat woman who moves him (meaning he will need to stay in Chukchi). The mystery in this book is about two odd suicides that Nathan thinks may be murders. He is walking a fine line professionally due to the different jurisdictions between the state and local police, and politics in the state capitol. It becomes even more dangerous when an outside 'white' business becomes involved, and the welfare of the tribe which depends on this business. Great setting and interesting characters, with lots of good info and a glossary about the natives. I am reading the rest of the series, on my own.
He remembered when Ma...
"He remembered when Martha's ( his real mom) new propane stove had arrived the month before. For a week, it sat in the middle of the kitchen in its shipping carton. For a week, Martha said, "My leroy will put it in for me" For a week, Leroy was busy with other things. On Saturday, while Active was over to do his laundry, the matter had come to a head, or as close to a head as things ever came in Martha's house. He was drinking coffee with Martha when Leroy, who liked to sleep in on weekends if he wasn't hunting of fishing, finally got up around noon. He came to the door of the kitchen in a bathrobe, a towel over his shoulder. "Sweetie, do I have any clean underwear?" he asked. "Of course ," Martha said. Your Tshirts are on the top shelf and your shorts are on the bottom, just like always." "No they're not," Leroy said. " I looked in the closet." "Oh I guess I forgot to tell you," Martha said. "I moved them." "You moved them? Where?" " I put them in the new oven. Seem like if we're not going to cook with it we could use it for a closet,ah?" Good writing... northern native american humor... another great place story that gives you the feel of the bright blue sky and the brillant snow... with a cultural context that gives it some new spice and wonderful flavor..." the killer is dead too. That's why it's hard to prove." "Dead? but who..." Her eyes widened. " the radio this morning, it said..."...... " I don't know if I should beleive you." why won't you tell us what happened'?....."Sometimes the facts don't do justice to the truth," - Active said.... a good story and a interesting plot ... lucky you if you have not read the books!
Trooper Nathan Active!...
Trooper Nathan Active! Sounds like a sci-fi superhero! Actually he's a young Alaskan State Trooper, who is also a Inupiaq (an Eskimo is a lesser term). He is stationed in a small village called Chukchi and he is investigating a double suicide. Both men died in separate incidents but in exactly the same manner. Were the deaths self-inflicted, pre-meditated murder or the work of a shaman's curse? Jones, an Alaskan native, captures the culture vividly and honestly. This is the first of a mystery series and one I will gladly continue. Question: Why does crime fiction and frigid winter climes, work so well together? I'm not sure but it's a perfect fit!
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