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  • Taschenbuch: 672 Seiten
  • Verlag: Jove; Auflage: Reprint (27. September 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0515139742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515139747
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11 x 4,2 x 19 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 33.655 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Lunacy, Alaska - population 506 - is Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he had watched his partner die - and the guilt still haunts him. Maybe serving as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote town, where darkness falls by mid-afternoon and temperatures fall to below zero, will bring some kind of solace. It isn't as if he has anywhere else to go. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose and pulling apart two brothers fighting overJohn Wayne's best movie Nate's first weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But as he wonders whether this was all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss from feisty bush pilot Meg Galloway under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaska sky lifts his spirit - and convinces him to stay just a little longer. Born and raised in Lunacy, Meg has learned to be independent. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin, and warms her frozen heart. However, when two climbers find a corpse on the mountain, Nate discovers that Lunacy isn't quite the sleepy little backwater he imagined Set in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness and full of wonderfully real characters, romance .and mystery, this exciting page-turner is Nora Roberts' best novel yet. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Strapped into the quivering soup can laughingly called a plane, bouncing his way on the pummeling air through the stingy window of light that was winter, through the gaps and breaks in snow-sheathed mountains toward a town called Lunacy, Ignatious Burke had an epiphany. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von LoveLetter Magazin am 14. Juli 2006
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Nate Burke war Polizist in Baltimore, als er bei einem Schusswechsel verwundet wurde und seinen Partner verlor, was ihn in eine schwere Krise stürzte. Das Angebot, Polizeichef im kleinen Ort Lunacy, Alaska, zu werden, wies ihm deshalb einen Weg zur Flucht. Jetzt nimmt er seinen Dienst im tiefsten Winter auf. Die Konfrontation mit der eisigen Landschaft, der rauen Witterung und den teils eigenwilligen Einwohnern böte Ablenkung genug. Wirklich auf andere Gedanken bringt Nate aber die Buschpilotin Meg Galloway. Als in einer Eishöhle eine Leiche entdeckt wird, stellt sich schnell heraus, dass es sich bei dem Toten um Megs Vater handelt. Er war Jahre zuvor von einem auf den anderen Tag verschwunden. Da es sich eindeutig um Mord handelt, bittet Meg Nate Ermittlungen anzustellen.

Obwohl die Aufklärung des Verbrechens ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Romans ist, spielt das Schicksal des Protagonisten doch die zentrale Rolle. Erwartungsvoll beobachtet der Leser, ob es Nate gelingt, sich allein aus seinem tiefen Loch zu hieven. Der innere Kampf, sich nicht vollends hängen zu lassen, sondern die Tage wieder aktiv in Angriff zu nehmen, wird eindrücklich geschildert. Mit Meg ist ihm eine selbstbewusste, emanzipierte Frau zur Seite gestellt. Der Kriminalfall wird aber nicht stiefmütterlich behandelt. Die Suche nach dem Täter, der seit Jahren unerkannt in der Gemeinde weilt, ist ebenso fesselnd wie der Rest der Erzählung. Besonders erwähnenswert ist der außergewöhnliche Schauplatz, das wildromantische Alaska. Eine exzellent erzählte Geschichte über einen Mann auf dem Weg zurück ins Leben und die Jagd nach einem eiskalten Killer. (TD)
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 23. Februar 2007
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Lunacy, Alaska is the kind of place where the weather turns everything on its head. The sun is either always down . . . or always up. The cold is almost always a presence. A little storm can dump 4 feet of show suddenly. A little jaunt can turn deadly if you aren't cautious.

When the weather isn't providing such extremes, the wild animals are. Don't face down an angry moose or a hungry black bear!

The demographics are also unusual . . . there are a lot more men than woman, which can mean that the women can play the field while the men have to be loyal.

Travel isn't simple. You use snowshoes, land planes on frozen rivers and fly hundreds of miles for ordinary shopping.

Is it any wonder that tempers can get short, disagreements can get out-of-hand, and families find themselves in conflict with one another?

With Alaska as the main character in this book, Ms. Roberts turns what would normally be a pretty average romance/murder mystery story into an intriguing one.

Nate Burke was a good cop . . . so good that it cost him his marriage. Distracted by the loss of his wife, Nate Burke even begins to doubt he can be a good cop again. Running away becomes attractive, and he takes the job as police chief in the small town of Lunacy, Alaska. As soon as he arrives, he realizes that he's out of his depth and may not last the winter.

Two women immediately begin vying for his attention and his attractive body. That's enough to make most men come alive . . . but it's even more significant when they both turn out to be untamed . . . and are mother and daughter.

While he's dealing with the possibility of love, Nate finds himself drawn into solving an old, unsuspected murder . . .
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Von Lea am 2. April 2013
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Frankly, I didn't have too high expectations of somebody who pours out novel after novel - but then I was looking for a light read and picked up this one in a bookshop: a pleasant surprise!! A really good mixture of romance and detective story, a good plot, interesting figures, multilayered, evolving, wounded: the committed Baltimore detective (the lone wolfe type) relocating to Alaska after a tragic accident that left one of his colleagues dead, the fiercely independent lady pilot, her 'man-eater' ageing mother, the colourful locals... all very likeable and touching. The romance side seems to me stronger than the thriller side of the novel - but then both are more than good enough for a wonderful weekend on a long-chair! For some reasons Roberts is often classified under "light" fiction - I really wonder why. Maybe she writes too much to be taken really "seriously"? Maybe her characters, the women in particular, are too unconventional and too many? But then hey! She knows how to tell a story, how to convey a sense of atmosphere (Alaska winters, brrrrrr!!! the small town's shock at the brutal killing of a harmless old dog!!), how to keep suspense hanging in the air, and send chills down our spines! Okay, she overdoes it here and there - but as far as I'm concerned, I'm in for more!
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6 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gennemi am 31. Januar 2005
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Nachdem NRs Bücher für gewöhnlich reine Liebesromane waren, enthalten ihre neueren Werke eindeutig mehr Gespür für das Geschehen außerhalb der Liebesgeschichte. Northern Lights ist eine sehr gut erzählte Geschichte und gibt einem einen guten Einblick in das Leben der Menschen in Alaska, ohne dabei langweilig zu werden.
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Northern Exposures Revisited . . . 19. Oktober 2004
Von Cynthia Jeffries - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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And what a wonderful trip it is. Nora Roberts simply does not know how to write a bad novel and even though this one went more than 500 pages, as far as I'm concerned, she could have doubled it. What was unique about Northern Lights was that the love story was second to the love of the scenery. I've never been to Alaska, but after Northern Lights, I really want to go. I could feel that bone deep chill or see the four feet of new snow. Just as she has done in her other novels "The Villa," or "Midnight Bayou," Ms. Roberts sucks you right into each scene.

As for the "lovers," Meg had fewer flaws than some of her other female characters. She's a strong, independent woman who can truly take men or leave them. Initially, it seemed that Meg pitied Nate. He certainly was a pitiable soul.

And if there were two things that dropped this review from a 5 to a 4 star, it is based on two things: (1) I still felt sorry for Nate even when the book regrettably ended and (2)as others have commented, the love affair grew a little too quickly.

Will I invest in another Nora Robb book? You better believe it, pal!
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Charmed, as always, by Ms. Roberts... 24. Oktober 2004
Von Alphia D. Larkins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After reading all the other reviews (I read the book before reading the reviews, thank heavens, as I might not have bought it if I had read the reviews first!) I am completely puzzled at most of the reviews. First of all, I was thinking that I could have done with a little less of the sexy love scenes, yet these other reviewers are complaining that there aren't enough, or that they aren't hot enough, I"m not really sure what their complaints are. I disagree with both complaints, as there were several pages dedicated to each happenstance of Meg and Nate's couplings, and they were graphic enough for anyone that wasn't looking for porn. We weren't supposed to feel sympathetic toward Charlene at the beginning of the story, she wasn't a very likeable character, it took the unfolding of her background and circumstances, what made her the way she was, to turn her into a sympthetic character. She still didn't ring any bells with me, but everyone reacts to life's blows in different ways and I am sure that there are some women in real life who would react to her man leaving her nearly penniless, with a small child to raise, as immaturely as Charlene's character did. She does change as the story evolves, and the mystery here that leaves us hanging is how she raised a daughter with such character and integrity. Meg is a little too independent for my tastes, but the Women's Movement may account for that, I'm old fashioned and not into the W.M., I like having men (one man)take care of me, but understand that there are women out there who feel entirely different, and as Meg is of a younger generation, I accept the character as written. So we accept Meg the way she is, feisty and independent, as Ms. Roberts portrayed her. What is wrong with that? It is the author's prerogrative to form her character's as she sees them, and wants them to be. The main part of the story for me, and the reason I bought the book, was the murder mystery, and none of the earlier reviews even touches on that, only on the romance between Meg and Nate! If romance was all I was looking for when I paid the high price that I did for this book, I would have spent less and bought a Harlequin Romance Novel! It was the deaths and who was committing them that kept me riveted with my nose in this book and could barely put it down

until the unveiling of the coldhearted murderer. I must say that I had an inkling of who it was about half way through, but wasn't sure until the actual showdown. The suspense kept me reading until the very end, and unable to put it down even when the wee hours of the morning told me to give it up until the next day, but the suspense overruled common sense and I kept at it until the end! The book is well worth the price I paid, as far as I am concerned, and I like it better than the supernatural books that Ms. Roberts has written a lot of in the past few years. It was completely realistic, and her description of the Alaskan Northern Lights is the best that I have ever read.

Alphia D. Larkins
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Acceptable for a 'cheechako' 7. März 2005
Von Sourdough - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Being an Alaska resident, I was very interested to see the setting of Ms. Roberts new book Northern Lights. The book was entertaining in NR style, and it amused me to see certain parallels between where I live and 'Lunacy'. However, I was slightly disapointed with her misuse of several facts and wish the book had been edited more. Alaskans do not hunt in the spring, there are no moose herds, and we do not, in fact, have deer in Alaska exept for the southern islands. As for the characters, some of the whole independence thing went a bit to the extremes, but it did resemble true Alaskans at heart. Suffice to say, it was one of the better ones about my state that I've read.
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Northern Lights 7. Februar 2008
Von Kelly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I really enjoyed this book! I have spent alot of time in Alaska, and it is the perfect setting. It is a bit unusual, but there isn't just one story being told. The current drama involves Nate Burke, the new chief of police by way of Baltimore, and Meg Galloway, a local pilot. They are oil and water, but of course it is lust at first sight. While we are following the new journey for Meg and Nate, the other story being told from the past at the same time is of Pat Galloway. Meg's father has been missing for 16 years, and we learn what happened to him all those years ago. As both stories collide, the mystery and danger escalate.
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Liked it Alot, But Didn't Fall In Love With It 18. Oktober 2004
Von DinaC - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Don't get me wrong, as usual, Nora did a great job, but I did not fall in love w/the characters the way I have in some. My favorite characters of hers have been her J.D. Robb series, w/Eve and Roarke and Finn and Deanna in Private Scandals. (Not that you can tell those 4 apart, just set in different time periods.) Nate was great, he just was not "it" for me. In some ways I felt we got alot more interaction with other characters and did not have as much one on one time w/Nate and Meg.

I have seen in prior reviews that alot of people had trouble w/Meg. I didn't, but then I was willing to take into account that she was raised up hard, in a difficult way of life, and this was her result, she was almost tougher than Nate.

While I did not fall in love w/Nate and Meg, I did fall in love with the town of Lunacy, Alaska. Hobb, the feisty mayor, Bing the cantankerous tow truck driver. Peach and Otto, (who I personally think need to hook up.) Peter the young deputy, and pretty shy Rose w/her darling son Jesse. These characters were well developed and thought out, and I thought the romance was more the love of the town and the way of life.

There were some amazing descriptions, and for anyone who thinks they want to go to alaska, I think this will whet your appetite. This is a mystery book where 2 people get together. They are normal people w/flaws, there are no super billionaires, or virgins, if thats what you want, hit the historical shelf. This book has tough characters, and if you skim it you will miss alot.

If you are a straight romance fan, wait for the paperback or library. If you are a fan of mysteries, this one will keep you guessing, and unlike the other reviewers, I found it to be very clear why the murder took place. It was all about the money, I had a harder time trying to figure out the Star Wars aspect, and still never fully got it, but I am living w/it.

I definatley recommend it, if you read the above qualifier and can live with it. Good reading!
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