The North Water

The North Water

Ian McGuire

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Description

A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller

Behold the man. Stinking, drunk, brutal, and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he'd find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. As the true purposes of the expedition become clearer, the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter.

With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

Product Details

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 272 pages
Language: English

ISBN: 9781627795944, 1627795944

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