|Plot Summary of Dead North|
Morrow, Jul 2001, 24.00, 288 pp.
In Cody, Wyoming, the police hide the abusive nature of one of their own. Officer McMurdock beats his spouse and his teenage stepson Patrick. However, this time things go too far. When the cops arrive, McMurdock claims his stepson knocked him unconscious with a baseball bat, killed his mother, and fled to places unknown. Detective Daniel Loomis investigates the domestic incident, but McMurdock's story seems off kilter.
At about the same time Alaska native Jesse Arnold accepts a job to transport a Winnebago home from Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. With her home destroyed by an arsonist, Jesse feels the trip will help her rebound. She takes her lead dog Tank with her for companionship. On the way back, Jesse picks up a hitchhiking Patrick, not realizing that danger follows him North to Alaska.
DEAD NORTH is an action-packed thriller that shows why award winning Sue Henry knows DEAD NORTH with her Alaska mysteries. The story line is exhilarating as the wilderness serves as a safe zone and a potential killing field from an enraged predator. Fans of the Alaskan mystery will take pleasure in this wonderful tale even as they cheer that McMurdock finally receive his comeuppance.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"Musher Jessie Arnold is getting her life back together after her cabin is burned down by a crazed arsonist. Currently homeless and unable to move from her kennels of huskies, Jessie accepts a friend's offer to live in his motor home, if she drives it home from Idaho. Driving along the awe-inspiring Alaska Highway- a two thousand mile route-Jessie, with faithful dog Tank, encounters danger once again in the form of what seems like an innocent hitchhiker. Patrick Cutler is wanted for two shocking murders, but before Jessie can ask him about it, he disappears. Tag-team traveling with fellow RV'er Maxie and dachshund Stretch, Jessie & co. encounter Patrick again and find themselves involved with a criminal you wouldn't believe."
Abby White, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Dead North|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- wrongly convicted clearing his name
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- small businessman
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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