Constable David Maratse debuted in The Ice Star, rocked the Scandinavian (Amazon) charts in Seven Graves, One Winter, but I really got to know him through his early adventures as a Police Constable in Greenland. Compared to Jack London stories by one Goodreads reader, Maratse’s short stories include themes that are current and relevant in Greenland, and are drawn from my own experiences when I lived and worked in remote towns, villages and settlements on the west coast and in the far north of Greenland.
These are very personal stories. They are fiction, but there is a lot of truth between the pages; some of it is difficult to think about, but important to remember. I used to blog (private for family only) about my time in Greenland – the good, the bad, and the out-of-this-world-once-in-a-million experiences. Shoveling my own experiences into Maratse’s past brings Greenland that bit closer, and allows me to explore the country, and revisit the people that shaped me during a very intense seven years.
At the same time, they are tons of fun to write, and I am very fond of Constable David Maratse. So, I am excited to say that there will be more short stories set in Greenland coming next year, 2019.
Here’s the reading order if you, like certain members of my family, are losing track:
- The Last Flight
- The Heart that was a Wild Garden
- Qivittoq (2019)
- The Thunder Spirits (2019)
- Iluliaq (2019)
followed by the novels
- Seven Graves, One Winter
- Blood Floe
- We Shall Be Monsters
- Untitled WIP
- Untitled WIP
- Untitled WIP
Greenland Police Constable David Maratse makes his solo debut in a short story – Katabatic – set in the Arctic, very soon. But he’s going to be busy this Fall as he returns in a second short called Container.
So what’s the deal with all these Arctic Shorts? Well, Maratse and I have a deal, we need to get to know each other before he hits the crime scene with a vengeance in 2018. You see, Maratse and I have a plan: to put Greenland firmly on the crime map without translation – yes, Greenland crime written in English from the get go!
Curious to see how Maratse shapes up in the early days before he gets assigned to a more permanent post? You can find him in books one and two of The Greenland Trilogy, and in the above mentioned shorts.
You can find Container on Amazon here:
Sometimes called “fall winds” (wikipedia) catabatic winds are common in Greenland. Fittingly, this fall, I will be releasing my first Arctic Short with the title Katabatic.
In Police Constable David Maratse’s first solo outing, set some time prior to the events in The Ice Star, I will be exploring the tragic themes of shame and suicide through a journalist’s narrative documenting the pursuit of a hunter who murdered his brother in a drunken brawl.
Is that Noir enough for you? Then be sure to check it out, and maybe even pre-order it.
The official release date is October 23rd, 2017. Until then, Katabatic is available for pre-order on Amazon kindles and tablets, and other devices with the Amazon app.