R.J. Harlick’s love for Canada’s untamed wilds is the inspiration for the Meg Harris mystery series. The fourth in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. R.J. Harlick divides her time between Ottawa and West Quebec.
A Cold White Fear
Stranded by a blizzard at her isolated cabin, Meg Harris, an escapee from a failed marriage into the remote wilderness, finds herself in a desperate and terrifying situation when two strangers arrive.
As night approaches, a major blizzard has cut off road access to Meg Harris’s isolated wilderness home, Three Deer Point. She is alone with her young friend Adjidamo, preparing for Christmas, when a knock suddenly echoes through the house. She finds two strange men at her front door, one of them bleeding. Against her better judgment, she lets them in. At that moment, the power goes out, plunging the group into total darkness and severing all phone links to the outside world. So begin a terrifying twenty-four hours that have Meg summoning up a courage she didn’t know she had to get herself and Adjidamo out alive.
Harlick (Arctic Blue Death) skillfully builds tension, as Meg and Jid attempt to escape, and dread about what will happen when the snowstorm abates and the last gang member arrives. The author respectfully crosses intercultural boundaries in the story and portrays fully formed Algonquin characters alongside their non-Algonquin counterparts.
R. J. Harlick has earned her place as the queen of Canadian wilderness fiction.