Blizzards, tundra, and bush pilots enliven this thrilling mystery starring Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active, who has been assigned to the remote Arctic town of Chukchi. Though born an Inupiat Eskimo, Active was raised in Anchorage by Caucasian parents and has little knowledge of his native culture. During the long months spent in Chukchi, he rallied against the icy weather and struggled to understand his two cultural identities, but he has realized how deeply he has been settling into the rhythms of community life when Grace Palmer, a local beauty queen, goes missing. The state trooper mounts a search that ultimately leads him halfway across Alaska—and gives him plenty of time to discover he is in love with Grace. Closing in on the answers, however, he discovers evidence that points to an agonizing situation: she is either dead, or she is a cold-blooded killer.
“Robust…. Active maintains his awe of the vast Alaskan tundra, a forbidding region that Jones renders in all its bone-chilling beauty.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Trroper Active proves such an interesting and likable guide that the selfish reader can’t but hope Nathan won’t get that Anchorage transfer for at least a few more books.” —Wall Street Journal
“Jones captures in precise detail… the starkly individual spirit of thi village’s collection of characters….His depiction of a freezing world of tarpaper houses and whaling camps is absolutely convincing.” —Houston Chronicle