White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Mystery, #1) Stan Jones

ISBN: 9781569473337

Published: July 1st 2003


284 pages


White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Mystery, #1)  by  Stan Jones

White Sky, Black Ice (Nathan Active Mystery, #1) by Stan Jones
July 1st 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 284 pages | ISBN: 9781569473337 | 3.43 Mb

The three great strengths of White Sky, Black Ice are sense of place, cultural politics and characterisation. This is very much a book of rural Alaska and of the Inupiat community and its relations amongst itself and the outside world. The landscape is richly evoked and the reader is transported to a place entering an Alaskan winter. Like Adrian Hyland’s Emily Tempest books, Jones uses the insider/outsider role of the lead character to very good effect. Nathan Active occupies a liminal space between communities.

Jones uses the position to examine the nature of the Inupiat community, its various cultural practices, organization and issues. He also nicely captures the politics of resource extraction and the pressures of big business and politics on the lives of ordinary people. The plot is relatively straightforward and my guess is that the average mystery reader will have the murderer identified a long way from the end.

What is very nicely done, however, is how the resolution is handled by Nathan Active given its potential ramifications to the local community. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I’ll be reading others in the series.

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