When an old hunter kills a man in a bar, Constable David Maratse follows him into the teeth of a winter storm to bring him to justice. But as the temperature plummets, the two men find themselves trapped in a tiny cabin, forced to shelter from the fierce Arctic weather, with precious little food to eat and even less fuel to burn. With no end to the long winter’s night, the hunter begins his confession, with one tale for each night of December.
The Last Wild Song of Winter is not a book. It is a Christmas Calendar comprising a series of twenty-four interconnected short stories, one for each night of December, culminating with the last story and conclusion of the complete tale on Christmas Eve, the night Greenlanders celebrate Christmas.
Inspired by the Scandinavian and Greenlandic Christmas Calendar tradition, this Jack Londonesque collection of stories is intended to be read through the long, dark days and nights of December, transporting the reader to the far north of Greenland where the sun has already set, and the only light is from the moon reflecting on the sea ice and snow, and the Northern Lights carpeting the black night sky.
The Last Wild Song of Winter features David Maratse, the quiet, uncomplicated, but resourceful constable who first appeared in The Ice Star and Seven Graves, One Winter. The tale told in The Last Wild Song of Winter is set prior to these books, as we catch up with Maratse early in his career as he struggles to balance his sense of duty with the wild call of Greenland.
If you like adventurous tales with a criminal twist set in remote and challenging locations, then The Last Wild Song of Winter is for you.
Just remember, The Last Wild Song of Winter is not a book. For Maratse’s sake, don’t read ahead, pace yourself, and maybe, just maybe, all will be resolved by Christmas.
Pick up The Last Wild Song of Winter and spend Christmas with Maratse this December!