The Greenland Party

Content

      This novel is a 78,000-word ‘whodunit’, set in and around Vatsaaq, a small settlement in remote East Greenland. ‘The Greenland Party’ is used in two senses. It is the name the tour party gives itself. It also becomes that of the drinking bout on the night when a murder takes place.

 

     Harry Lanier, a forcibly ‘retired’ policeman from the UK, is out walking with Lars Erikssen, the Danish tour guide and local part-time policeman. They make a horrifying discovery. This is the body of Essie Smith, a member of ‘the Greenland Party’, attached to a block of ice. This starts a train of events that turns a ‘dream holiday’ into a nightmare.

 

     Weather conditions prevent the full-time detective flying in and Lars undertakes the preliminary investigation. He is assisted by Harry. Early signs point to Nanoq, a local man, as the murderer. Harry insists things cannot be so straightforward. His relationships with everyone, including his wife Vonnie and Lars, become strained. Harry’s own memory of the night is lost in a blur of alcohol. Is he in the clear himself?

Chapters
The action is in seven chapters, as follows
Page numbers given are those in the paperback:

Chapter 1: The Ice Queen

Sunday, 28th August, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland                   13

 

Chapter 2: The Greenland Party

Saturday, 13th August, 1994,  Keflavik Airport, Iceland               21

 

Chapter 3: Nanoq

Sunday, 28th August, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland                   31

 

Chapter 4: Unwanted Help

Monday, 29th August, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland                111

 

Chapter 5: The Welcome Breakfast

Tuesday, 30th August, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland               153

 

Chapter 6: Morning Tryst

Wednesday, 31st August, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland          215

Chapter 7: Manhunt

Thursday, 1st September, 1994, Vatsaaq, East Greenland        235