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Hunter's Daughter -- a tense, poetic mystery of the Arctic

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Northern Quebec, 1964. Mountie Jack McLain, baffled by a series of unsolved murders, knows the latest case will make or break his career. Eighteen-year-old Nilliq, chafing under the sullen power of her father in a remote hunting camp, risks flight with a headstrong shaman bent on a mission of his own. Their paths intersect in this tense mystery charting a journey of personal and cultural transformation.

"Beautifully written, atmospheric, fully developed characters."

Hunter's Daughter, released in March 2015 by Five Rivers, creates an authentic atmosphere like that of the award-winning film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) or Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller. The novel recreates the culture of the Eastern Arctic at a pivotal point of transition, melding themes of aboriginal values and assimilation, along with emerging women's issues. The plot features both vivid action and in-depth character development.

"Sharp writing, tense plot, deliciously detailed cultural and environmental surround. Speaks with authority about the ambiguities of culture and region."

The novel draws on my own experience and research in Quebec Inuit villages, where I worked as a teacher in the late 1970s. The students in my classes were among the first generation of their people to grow up in settlement houses, and I was privileged to accompany them on journeys on the land, hunting and camping in the traditional ways.

"I love the simplicity of your style, and how that bareness of words (like the bareness of the environment) captures so much mood and evokes tension."

Until May 1st I can offer free copies of the ebook to anyone interested in reading it and posting a review on Amazon.
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