- Publisher: Thorndike Press
- Format: Hardback | 615 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 25mm | 27g
- Publication date: 9 April 2014
- ISBN 10: 1410467406
- ISBN 13: 9781410467409
- Edition: Large type / large print
- Edition statement: large type edition
Dennis Lehane meets "Smilla's Sense of Snow" a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions Elisabeth Elo's debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north. When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat's owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky. Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can't shake the lurking suspicion that the boat's sinking--and Ned's death--was no accident. It's a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures. With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself. A gripping literary thriller, "North of Boston "combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.
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Elisabeth Elo teaches writing in the Boston area. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
"Set on the gritty Boston waterfront, Elisabeth Elo's novel starts off as a murder mystery and slowly builds into something larger and more disturbing. "North of Boston" is a gripping and unorthodox thriller, packed with intriguing characters and unexpected twists." --Tom Perrotta, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Nine Inches" and "The Leftovers" "I wish I had a friend like Pirio Kasparov--intelligent, loyal, brave, and funny. From the opening pages of "North of Boston" I was enthralled and deeply committed to following Pirio wherever her brilliant author decided to send her next. What a terrific novel." --Margot Livesey, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" "As someone who has spent her life on the sea, I can tell you that Elisabeth Elo knows her stuff. Terrific fishing details, a fast-paced plot, and a heroine named Pirio Kasparov who steals the show. A great debut!" --Linda Greenlaw, "New York Times" bestselling author of" The Hungry Ocean" and "Lifesaving Lessons" "In North of Boston, Elisabeth Elo has written a modern, sophisticated, and compelling thriller. Her plot is original, her details deft, and her heroine utterly remarkable." --Ivy Pochoda, author of "Visitation Street" "Tough and smart, Pirio Kasparov comes alive in this fast-paced novel of unconventional plot twists and damaged relationships.""" --Audrey Schulman, author of "Three Weeks in December"