What possesses a person to move to a remote, desolate and environmentally dangerous locale such as Lunacy, Alaska? One need look no further than the name of the town where Northern Lights is set to gain a hint. Residents of Lunacy even refer to themselves as "Lunatics." In truth, they would live nowhere else.
This novel covers one winter and one spring, with flashbacks to events that occurred 16 years earlier that return to both plague and haunt the people who live there. Frozen rivers, death-defying mountains, avalanches and caves of ice all figure into a tale that only a novelist as talented as Roberts could weave so skillfully that listeners will not want to leave this work before reaching its satisfying conclusion.
Residents of Lunacy take enormous pride in their developing town. It is by their invitation that Baltimore policeman Nate Burke moves to become their first chief of police in the town’s new police department. Town members are torn between their desire for progress and clinging to often negative ideas about accepting "Outsiders" into their midst.
Nate, too, is a torn man. A divorced man with few family ties, Nate signs on for the job in faraway Alaska after losing his best friend and partner in an on-the-job police shoot-out. Nate secretly blames himself for the death of his friend and is haunted by survivor guilt. His one hope is that he can find some semblance of life in Lunacy.
Nate finds much more than a new life. He runs headlong into a mystery which soon turns into uncovering a murder that happened years ago. He also encounters two unforgettable females, one who makes her designs on him known from the moment she lays eyes on him and her daughter, who does exactly the opposite. Both women are fiercely independent, and both will figure into Nate’s future in this ravishingly beautiful dark land of ice with nighttime lights the likes of which he has never before seen.
The best-selling author of more than 200 novels, Nora Roberts lives in rural Maryland, where she crafts books that enthrall readers throughout the globe with their exotic settings, rich characterization and plots that keep readers and listeners guessing right up until the last page is turned.
McDaniel College awarded Roberts an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2006.
"Northern Lights" is available in audiobook format and can be downloaded so fans can listen to it while on long automobile trips or in shorter sessions as they go through their daily lives. This digital download provides listeners with over 15 hours of listening enjoyment, thanks in no small part to the wonderful narration provided by Gary Littman.
Lunacy was Nate Burke’s last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he’d watched his partner die on the street—and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year’s Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaska sky lifts his spirit and convinces him to stay just a little longer.
Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year’s kiss with the chief of police, she allows herself to give in to passion—while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there’s something about Nate’s sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.
And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day—and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life—and the new love—that he has finally found for himself.
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