We Shall Be Monsters

A quick post to say I changed my mind about the title for book three in the Greenland Crime series*. Maratse was going to return in a book called Feral, but the more I got into it, the more it niggled. So, Maratse will return in time for Christmas – yes, I said the “C” word – in a dark book with an appropriately dark title: We Shall Be Monsters.

Here’s the blurb for what promises to be a really rough ride!

An extreme environment calls for extreme methods if retired Greenlandic Police Constable David Maratse is to catch a sadistic killer.

When the body of a missing teenager is discovered, Police Sergeant Petra Jensen’s stiff and bloody clothes are found beside a nearby hole in the sea ice. The local police assume she is dead. The suicide note, written in her own hand, confirms it. 

The investigation is closed and her clothes are buried in a small casket in the pre-cut grave – one of seven dug before winter in the graveyard above Inussuk, a small Arctic settlement on the exposed west coast of Greenland.

For retired Police Constable David Maratse, the funeral is just a formality, something to be endured, if only to convince the press, the politicians, and the police, that Petra, one of Greenland’s finest officers, is dead.

As the hunt for the teenager’s killer resumes, Maratse harnesses his dog team, and slips away under the cover of the winter night to begin his search for Petra, free from the prying eyes of the press, far from the restraints of the law.

Set during the sunless and tortuous Greenlandic winter, on the sea ice over 600 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, “We Shall Be Monsters” is the third and the darkest to date of the three books in the Greenland Crime series featuring retired Police Constable David Maratse. 

Just as John Green was inspired by Shakespeare, I sought out one of my literary heroes: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Here’s the quote from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

“It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another.”

Here’s a bigger cover – ‘cos I like big covers – followed by the usual plugs for the really cheap pre-order:

Available from Amazon

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Can’t get enough Arctic Noir or books set in polar regions?

If you haven’t already read it, try Frankenstein!

*The books for the Greenland Crime series on the Goodreads page are a little out of order at the moment. Rule of thumb: all of the short stories are set before the novels. So, it should read:

Greenland Crime Short Stories (80-100 pages)

Katabatic

Container

Tupilaq

The Last Flight

The Heart that was a Wild Garden

Story 6 “Untitled”

Story 7 “Untitled”

Story 8 “Untitled”

Greenland Crime Novels

Seven Graves, One Winter

Blood Floe

We Shall Be Monsters

Book 4 “Untitled”

Book 5 “Untitled”

Book 6 “Untitled”

The Heart that was a Wild Garden

I’m having fun with this one – imagining Constable David Maratse as a parent. There’s a lot of sadness and hope in The Heart that was a Wild Garden, it even starts with a funeral. But the themes are relevant, and, without giving too much away, I’ve experienced elements of this story in Greenland, to varying degrees.

The Heart that was a Wild Garden is available from Amazon for pre-order, and is due for release in October. It is the 5th in the series of Greenland short stories featuring Maratse, but it is set way into the future.

You can find it here:

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And get the bigger picture here:

Are you ready for it?

Weird stuff going on today, but I’m getting things done, and I’ve finally “locked” the cover for the 3rd book in the Greenland Crime series. Feral is darker – much darker. I can’t say too much, as Blood Floe has only just hit the digital shelves, but the dark nature of Feral will make sense once you get to the end of book 2.

The fun thing is – for me at least – I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift (with a bit of Childish Gambino thrown in) all day! Damn! And, yes, during that time, the cover got the finishing touches. Yeah, still wondering about that. I’ll leak some more stuff about Feral closer to the release date: sometime in December this year. But, until then, I’ll leave you with the cover(s).

And one more cover – the big one!

Yeah, it’s been a good day.

Blink and you’ll miss it!

I couldn’t resist fiddling with the cover of Seven Graves, One Winter, mostly because I like the cover for Blood Floe. Does it make a difference? Nah, probably not, but I like it, but it really is a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Of course, if that’s the case, you’ll have to keep your eyes shut tight to miss the larger version of the cover. 😉

So what’s going on? Why the subtle(ish) changes in the cover, and why… just why? Well, book 2 in the Greenland Crime Series is so very nearly ready to be released or unleashed on the world. That’s why. 🙂

Blood Floe is still available at a crazy pre-order price here, on Amazon:

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The Blood is Floeing

Here’s a teaser, the opening paragraph from Blood Floe.

Even in the unfathomable dark of the polar winter there is always light. The moon reflecting on the surface of the sea ice, the green and white curtains of the Northern Lights twisting across the black night sky, the stars, pinpricks of light scrutinising the tiny villages and settlements dotted along the west coast of Greenland, the houses casting warm yellow squares onto the snow through thick-paned windows, the tiny red lights of the radio mast glowing above the graveyard on the mountain’s knee above the settlement of Inussuk, and a cigarette burning a bright orange, a smouldering flame just a few centimetres from the lips of the man wearing a headlamp, that he shined with slow drifts of his head to the left and right, as he searched for that damned dog that shunned the harness and refused to be trained.

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Arctic Noir: The Danes

I’m still processing what I learned, who I met, and what I experienced at the Horsens Crime Festival. However, of the many authors I met, there are two in particular that I must mention, as we write within the same genre that could be described as Arctic Noir.

I listened to Nina von Staffeldt talk on the stage on Sunday. It was clear that she has a lot of experience of and a lot of love for Greenland, the country, and, not least, its people. I can relate. Nina talked about the ordinary Greenlander, not the stereotype one hears about in the media. She has made a point of writing about strong Greenlandic characters, and I fully applaud her doing so, and look forward to reading her books Frozen Evidence and The Black Angel featuring the character of Sika Haslund. The books are currently only available in Danish – as is her website. But do have a look, and watch out for the English translation – I am sure it will be in the works.

After Nina’s talk, I had the chance to meet her, and took the opportunity to give her a copy of Seven Graves, One Winter. Now I am waiting on her books from the library. I’ll be sure to write more when I read them.

I’ll be back with another short post about Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, who I was also fortunate to chat to at the festival. When Yrsa sells books, I sell books, and I had the chance to thank her for that… and give her a copy of my book.

You see the pattern here, don’t you? Talk to someone, give them a book.

Gonna need some more books!

Going “all in”

So last week I created a Twitter account, and this week it’s Facebook. You might be wondering if I really am new to this Social Media lark, well not exactly, but after a visit to the Stasi Museum in Berlin, I came home and dumped all my social media accounts.

Why?

It was when one of the guides said that few of the employees working at the museum were on Facebook, or social media of any kind. If we’re willing to give up our privacy, what’s next?

But what’s an author to do?

I’ll figure it out*.

*March 24th – I figured it out. Keeping Twitter.

Seven Graves One Winter

This is it then, Constable David Maratse is going into retirement … and launching a whole new series of crime books!

Crazy, I know, but this is how it is going to work. He thinks he is being invalided off the force, but it just isn’t going to go his way – not at all.

Settling into the life of a subsistence fisherman in a remote Arctic community in Greenland? Never gonna happen! It’s time to get busy, dig some graves!

Seven Graves One Winter is the first in series of true crime books set in Greenland. More news as soon as I have it!

Until then, if you’d like to pre-order, here are the links on Amazon:

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