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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. J. McGrath Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Edie Kiglatuk Mysteries Release Date:
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Edie Kiglatuk’s discovery along Alaska’s Iditarod Trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy.

M. J. McGrath’s debut novel, White Heat, earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such as Smilla’s Sense of Snow and the Kurt Wallander series.

In The Boy in the Snow, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk finds herself in Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dogsled race. The race takes a grim turn when Edie stumbles upon the body of a baby left out in the forest. The state troopers are keen to pin the death on the Dark Believers—a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect—but Edie’s instincts tell her otherwise. Her investigations take her into a world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself confronted by a painful secret from her past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stoic Edie is a strong, determined heroine.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “The two-week 1,150-mile Iditarod dog sled race from near Wasilla to Nome, Alaska, forms the backdrop for McGrath’s outstanding second mystery featuring half-Caucasian, half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk…McGrath has a firm grasp on a little known culture, its values and language, and excels at bringing to life such characters as conniving Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg and his power-hungry wife, Marsha. This affecting novel should melt even the most frozen human hearts.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Kate Reading treats the numerous colorful characters in this story with smooth perfection and moves easily between genders, ages, ethnicities, and idiosyncrasies…This exceptionally well-performed audiobook will win more fans for its author and its narrator. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The listener will feel every bite of the subzero temperatures. Kate Reading is an expert narrator and pronouncer of unfamiliar Inuit names and places. Whether she is portraying the maverick Edie, the young prostitutes, the Alaskans, the Old Believers, or the nefarious would be governor and his evil wife, she moves among them effortlessly.”

    Soundcommentary.com (starred review)

  • “Edie is fierce in her desire for justice…[She] finds herself at mortal risk from the cold, so masterfully described that it chills the reader.”


  • “Easily the equal of its predecessor, The Boy in the Snow is a tautly plotted, truly satisfying suspense novel.”


  • “The plot is compelling and the settings mesmerizing. McGrath…is a fresh and compelling voice.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Sometomato | 2/17/2014

    " Fascinating heroine and unusual setting - Alaska during the Iditarod. Reminds me a little of Dana Stabenow's books. I was captivated the whole way and glued to my seat at the harrowing climax! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/2/2014

    " Isn't it nice when you pick a book up at random because everything you have at home is not doing it for you & you just need to break the cycle of starting things & getting nowhere with them? And the book you pick up happens to be delightful? It makes me wonder why certain people come to the library & complain that there's nothing good to read, but that's neither here nor there. Edie Kiglatuk is a character I can absolutely get behind. This is a tad convoluted & very sad, and what on earth is with all the glaring editing errors? but it's still well worth the afternoon of effort it required. The only character I couldn't stand reading was the mayor, not because he's pure evil but because after the past few months of living in a swing state, I couldn't be more tired of thinking of or reading about anyone's political ambitions or machinations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Coki | 1/30/2014

    " 2nd in the series and just as interesting. Solid mystery, pacing and great characters, not the least of which is the land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/27/2014

    " This is the second Edie Kiglatuk mystery that I've listened to, and although I didn't think it was quite as good as the first book, I still really liked it. In this one, Edie and her policeman friend Derek Palliser have joined Edie's ex-husband, Sam, in Alaska as he competes in the Iditarod. When Edie takes off exploring on a snowmobile, she finds the frozen body of an infant boy with a strange symbol on him. Trying to discover his identity and how he ended up frozen in the woods like that lead Edie into a maze of cultists, corrupt politicians and land developers and even human trafficking. Her determination to get to the bottom of the mystery will, of course, put her in danger and her native abilities will get put to use, just not as much as in the first book. Edie's not exactly a sympathetic character, but she is tenacious! "

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