Pam in Kennewick, January 23, 2008 (view all comments by Pam in Kennewick)
You wouldn't think that escaping to a Canadian winter in the 1860's would be a good thing, but I kept wanting to get back to this book -- its characters and its mystery. A book you'll recommend to others.
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mgdallas, November 18, 2007 (view all comments by mgdallas)
Prepare to be transported to another time and place. The mystery of who killed the trapper is entwined in the worst of small town life (gossip, suspicion of differences) and exposure of the seedier side of Canadian authorities. I read this book during the heat of a Dallas summer, and it definitely cooled me off. The Canadian cold is vivid. A great story.
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Simon & Schuster -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"'The frigid isolation of European immigrants living on the 19th-century Canadian frontier is the setting for British author Penney's haunting debut. Seventeen-year-old Francis Ross disappears the same day his mother discovers the scalped body of his friend, fur trader Laurent Jammet, in a neighboring cabin. The murder brings newcomers to the small settlement, from inexperienced Hudson Bay Company representative Donald Moody to elderly eccentric Thomas Sturrock, who arrives searching for a mysterious archeological fragment once in Jammet's possession. Other than Francis, no real suspects emerge until half-Indian trapper William Parker is caught searching the dead man's house. Parker escapes and joins with Francis's mother to track Francis north, a journey that produces a deep if unlikely bond between them. Only when the pair reaches a distant Scandinavian settlement do both characters and reader begin to understand Francis, who arrived there days before them. Penney's absorbing, quietly convincing narrative illuminates the characters, each a kind of outcast, through whose complex viewpoints this dense, many-layered story is told. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
In this brutal, epic debut novel, a man is found murdered and a 17-year-old boy is on the run. While vigilantes and rescue searchers head out to look for the fugitive, all the mother of the boy wants is her son back. She will do anything to see him home safe, even at the peril of her own life.
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