No spoilers, let’s talk about containers! It’s relevant to the chapter, but readers might wonder why I use shipping containers either as a setting or even as a plot device so often in my stories. The answer is, when you live in Greenland, shipping containers are a daily sight and simply an integral part of daily life. There are the larger 20′ and 40′ containers, and then there are the smaller ones which brought everything Jane and I owned to Uummannaq. These were 8′ containers. We had six of them. We decided to go all in. Meaning that we relocated to Greenland, choosing to make a permanent home in the north, rather than a suck it and see approach travelling with just a a few backpacks and suitcases. The smaller containers are also necessary in the settlements and small villages as there simply isn’t room or perhaps even a dock for the bigger ones.
During the period of waiting for the containers to arrive, however, one has plenty of time to wonder if you did the right thing. Especially as life in a new country is always challenging to begin with. Always exciting. And, to be honest, overwhelming. But the day we saw our containers on the docks in Uummannaq. Well, talk about Christmas! We were very excited indeed.
Now, I use containers in my stories and in Seven Graves, One Winter, as a means of hiding things, often hiding people, sometimes bodies, and even using the container as a trap, as I did in the aptly named novella Container. Yes, my imagination knows no bounds! 😉 But they are so ubiquitous that they can be overlooked, which makes them really suitable for crime stories of all kinds.
In chapter 15 of Seven Graves, One Winter, I also allude to events in Maratse’s past which give him a unique perspective on what they find inside the container. This has caused some problems with the traditional publishers who bought Seven Graves, but didn’t buy The Ice Star or In the Shadow of the Mountain. While you don’t need to read these books to enjoy Seven Graves, it would certainly help with Maratse’s background if you did. I love crossover in my books, and I hope it adds to the enjoyment.
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