Not entirely sure how long this is going to take, but until then, here’s a “cover reveal” for the free Maratse “origins” short story: Talisman. It will be available free via sign up for the newsletter – all part of the overhaul, and available on paperback.
Talisman is set on Greenland’s east coast, and tells the story of how, when and perhaps even why Maratse joined the Greenland Police. Oh, and a talisman is involved.
Interested readers might like to know that I discovered the “talisman” on the cover in a hunter’s cabin I visited during a month-long solo kayak expedition in Greenland.
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.
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.