Part epic adventure, part romance, and part true-crime thriller, Coppermine is a dramatic, compelling, character-driven story set in 1917 in the extremes of Canada's far north and the boom town of Edmonton.
The story begins when two missionaries disappear in the remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine. North West Mounted Police officer Jack Creed and Angituk, a young Copper Inuit interpreter, are sent on a year-long odyssey to investigate the fate of the lost priests. On the shores of the Arctic Ocean near the mouth of the Coppermine River, they discover their dismembered remains. Two Inuit hunters are tracked and apprehended, and the four begin an arduous journey to Edmonton, to bring the accused to justice.
Instructing the jury to "think like an Eskimo," the defence counsel sets out to prove the Inuit acted in self-defence. They hear how the hunters believed the priests were possessed by demons about to kill them, and how, acting on this belief, they killed the men and ate their livers. The jury finds them not guilty. The hunters become celebrities, a parade is held for them, they visit a movie theatre and an amusement park, and become guests of honour at socialite dinners. They are given new suits, fine cigars, and champagne. But Rome is outraged that the murderers of its martyred priests will go free. As secrets of Jack Creed's past in the trenches of Europe are revealed, Jack tries to save his two friends, and himself.
About The Author:
Keith Ross Leckie has worked in the film and television business as a dramatic scriptwriter for more than 30 years. His credits include multiple CBC miniseries including Everest!, Shattered City, Milgaard, The Arrow, and Lost in the Barrens. He lives in Toronto with his wife and children. Coppermine is his second novel.
Coppermine is an eloquently written novel, inspired by real life events. It is fast-paced and contained all the right ingredients of a great thriller: twists and turns, well developed story lines and awesome characters. As I checked out the authors website, I realized that Coppermine was initially developed as a screenplay to be produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) and later shelved. That is when Leckie decided to develop it into a novel. I am so glad he did.
As a Canadian, I love novels and non-fiction about Canadian history, and Leckie's Coppermine is one of the best I have read in a very long time. I have had the pleasure of viewing many of the movies that he wrote screenplays for including, Everest!, Shattered, and Children Of My Heart! All were fantastic, and I look forward to one day being able to see Coppermine in movie format.
If you enjoy mystery novels, particularly those based on true life events, and also Canadian history, then you will definitely enjoy Coppermine by Keith Ross Leckie! I know I did!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase CopperMine by Keith Ross Leckie online here, directly from Penguin Books Canada. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller. It is available for purchase Oct 5, 2010
***I received a copy of this book courtesy of Penguin Group Canada. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***