Tina Jordan
November 24, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Village of the Ghost Bears

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Stan Jones
publisher
Soho Press
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

You can almost hear the wind screaming across miles of bleak tundra and frozen lakes in Village of the Ghost Bears, the fourth outing for Alaska state trooper and native Inupiat Nathan Active, who’s still posted in the godforsaken Arctic Circle village of Chukchi. Stan Jones delivers a finely laddered plot — involving deadly arson at a local recreation center and a faceless body discovered at a remote campsite — but the real fun, as always, lies in the dozens of mini-lessons he gives on hardscrabble Alaskan life, covering everything from the illegal trade in polar-bear bladders to the description of a potent indigenous chewing tobacco made from burnt birch-tree fungus. A-

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