Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s
Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense about an
edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions
Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a
Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that
points due north.
When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter,
she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow she survives nearly
four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But her fisherman friend Ned, the boat’s
owner, is not so lucky.
Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and
her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking
suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a
suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells
her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the Navy reaches out to her to
participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.
With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell,
Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off
Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her
ultimate challenge: to trust herself.
A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines
the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura
Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many
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