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
I just reread one of the chase scenes in We Shall Be Monsters. What I love about writing the Greenland Crime series is the chance to work some personal Easter Eggs into the story, and to build upon really local knowledge. I like to include action sequences in my books and I really enjoyed wrting the scene that occurs in the house Jane and I lived in during the four years we lived on the island of Uummannaq – see amazing photo above from Imgur.
Damn, I miss Greenland. But spending time with Constable Maratse and the rest of the cast of We Shall Be Monsters makes the longing that bit more bearable. I spent seven years in total in Greenland, but the four in Uummannaq were perhaps the most formative.
We Shall Be Monsters is the third book in the Greenland Crime series featuring Constable David Maratse. It is availble for pre-order on Amazon US, UK, Canada and Australia, and is scheduled for release on November 29 this year.
Just in time for Christmas.
Here’s some more Uummannaq!
Constable (ret.) David Maratse can be a bit of a problem, and I thought I would take a moment to explain.
While Maratse does feature in the Arctic thriller The Ice Star, he also has his own series – two, in fact.
The Greenland Crime series, of which Blood Floe is book 2, are full-length crime novels.
The Arctic Shorts, of which The Last Flight is the fourth story in the series, are short stories set prior to the events in the Greenland Crime series. They are typically 15,000 words or a little over 50 pages each. The Arctic Shorts are crime with a Jack London-like feel. You’ve been warned. 😉
Both Blood Floe and The Last Flight are available for pre-order on Amazon.
Blood Floe USA, UK, Canada, and Australia
The Last Flight USA, UK, Canada and Australia
I hope that helps.