First police procedural has been set in the snowbound Hazelton area of northern B.C.
Brings out the humanity of RCMP officers in its depiction of them, without idealizing or polishing off the rough edges
A northern winter and two mismatched detectives bring out outstanding character friction and dialogue
Author is a court reporter and longtime resident of the Hazeltons who has seen many trials in the area, including murders, and conveys a sense of its isolation and the claustrophobic feel of its criminal investigations
Author’s extensive courtroom experience also shows in the gripping psychological realism of the book's criminals