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Polar Bear Dawn: Detective Bernadette Callahan. A female detective mystery with chilling arctic suspense. (Book 1)

by Lyle Nicholson

Published Oct 25, 2013 by Red Cuillin Publishing (October 25, 2013)

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4.2 out of 5 on Amazon with 1,366 ratings

Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal?


Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective is close to retirement. He’s been through three marriages and two stints in rehab. He is on probation with the force. He knows the Anchorage Police department has given him this case because they don’t want it investigated fully and there’s no booze in the Arctic oil camps.


Bernadette Callahan, the Canadian Detective, is in her mid thirties with a lot to prove on the force. She is Cree Indian and Irish, raised on a native reservation in Northern Canada. She’s been ingrained with the ways of the ‘people,’ by her grandmother that have given her instincts.  Her instincts tell her there is something more than four dead people—someone is settling a score. The real crime will happen soon.


The oil companies think the deaths are bad for publicity they want them solved quickly. The detectives are under pressure to come up with a verdict they know is wrong.


Callahan begins to unravel a series of unlikely suspects. A Chemistry Professor with a grudge against big oil, a Mexican low life gangster and Wall Street Executives. How are they connected?


Something is about to happen to oil supplies in the Arctic. The two Detectives can sense it. They know it’s real—can they convince others to act?


This novel is the first in Bernadette Callahan Detective Mystery/Thriller series. A female detective in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where being a hardheaded woman who uses her instincts is not always welcome.  



5.0 out of 5 starsA chilling story with a hot ending!

February 13, 2017

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WOW! What a book! I can't say enough good things about Mr. Nicholson and this book. The pace is good, the suspense is good and it has some great twists and turns. For those of us who have never traveled to Alaska and Canada, it was a refreshing venue. And best of all, the ending really caught me by surprise.


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