An unscheduled flight, to a remote Arctic island, brings an unwelcome guest and a flurry of violence with tragic consequences for Police Constable David Maratse.
The Last Flight is the fourth in a series of novellas to feature Constable David Maratse in Greenland. Each novella is set during Maratse’s career as a police constable, and features aspects of Greenlandic culture, tradition, and not least the stunning natural environment.
Constable David Maratse also features in the popular Greenland Crime series starting with Seven Graves, One Winter.
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This is a bit of a tragic tale from Maratse’s past. It’s probably the most “important” of my stories about Maratse, as it delves deep into his past and his childhood. I plan on writing more about Umik (Maratse’s father), Piipaajik (his mother), and Tannooq (Maratse’s aunt) soon. As in many of the novellas featuring Constable David Maratse, I wrote in the first person as a journalist narrating the story. Here’s a snippet of what I, sorry, he recorded:
I hesitated before making notes, enjoying the animation in Maratse’s words, the light flickering in his eyes, and I started to paint a new picture in my mind of a young Greenlander, Piipaajik Qeqi, in her worn jeans and brightly tattered socks. Her long winter-sea-black hair caught on the shoulders of her slim t-shirt as Maratse described her crouching on her heels beside her son, plucking crowberries from the stems, eating every third or fourth, until their cheeks were almost as full as the tattered plastic bag they collected them in. Lips stained black, fingers freckled with juice, the autumn wind flicking at their hair, carrying sea salt from the fjord and a chill from the icebergs crowding the bay.
It brings back memories of the real me when I was teaching in Greenland, picking blueberries with the kids in Qaanaaq. See photo below.