A fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel set in Interior Alaska that follows down-on-his-luck cabbie, Mike Fisher, as he searches for his daughter.
Her step-father has been shot in her bathroom, and Fisher thinks she killed him and fled. In a panic he tries to hide the body, but that’s not easy when it’s fifty-below outside.
Things get dangerously complicated when it turns out step-dad was part of a local militia, and now they’re on Fisher’s tail.
Dead of Winter evokes the harshness of winter in the sub‑arctic and the intrigue fostered in a bored, trapped and socially circumscribed small-town community.
‘Brightwell uses the present tense, third person but from Fisher’s perspective throughout, skilfully taking an initially unappealing protagonist and building interest in the outcome. The constraints of a small and isolated community at what feels like the edge of civilisation form a powerful backdrop to the story of a very ordinary man fighting for his life.’ —Chris Roberts, Crime Review
‘An uncanny thriller.’ —Publishers Weekly
‘Extremely atmospheric.’ —Janet Gleeson, author of The Thief Taker
‘A hypnotic spell of a novel.’ —Laura Dietz, author of In the Tenth House