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Smilla Jaspersen - half Dane, half Greenlander - knows, from marks left on a snow covered rooftop that the small boy, Isaiah, a friend of hers, did not fall to his death accidentally. But the police, not having Smilla's expertise with snow, regard Isaiah's death as an accident. The hunt for the truth leads Smilla to the icy wastes of Greenland, and the Cryolyte Corporation's sixty-five-million year old secret.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   chemistry Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   frozen    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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