The Inuit Woman

Original title: L’inuite

Author: Malø, Mo

Publication Date:

April 2024



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Territories Sold

Italy (under option)


Crime & Thrillers

The Inuit Woman

Original title: L’inuite

Author: Malø, Mo


Mo Malø keeps attracting French readers seeking unfamiliar places and sensations. – Pierrick Fay, Les Échos

The Inuit Woman, a major detective novel set in Greenland from Mo Malø.
After his “Qaanaaq” series, which sold over 150,000 copies in France, this author with a taste for wide-open spaces is back with an unforgettable character: a free-spirited woman with the soul of a warrior, who carries both her country’s wounds and its strength inside her.

Two murders have been committed in a tiny, remote village in Greenland that can only be reached by helicopter or dogsled. Only one person was at the scene both times: Paninguaq Madsen, a.k.a. the Inuit woman, who travels the country helping women who live far from decent medical facilities give birth. She has a traditional sewn Inuit tattoo on her face, the “walrus beard” that distinguishes a few exceptional women in the country.

Who is she really? An indigenous woman devoted to her own people, who is doing her best to counteract the Danish authorities’ negligence? Or a wounded woman who’s seeking a dangerous revenge?

When the Inuit woman goes on the run, two investigators get involved: a local cop who is more farcical than effective, but who knows the customs of that vast frozen continent, and a Danish police expert in charge of a cold case involving some of the country’s highest-ranking authorities. Because back in the 1950s, an experiment was run on 22 Inuit children aged 5 to 8: brutally torn from their families, they were re-educated to become the country’s Danish-speaking elite. Only 16 of them came back, and they were sent to an orphanage that caused lasting damage.

Is there a connection between the Inuit woman and her country’s betrayed past?

Marketing Information

  • Mo Malø, a worthy representative of the French school of murder mysteries set in remote, untamed lands
  • Special guest at the 2024 Quais du Polar crime-fiction festival and winner of the Point by Points Prize, in partnership with the newsmagazine Le Point
  • A “one-off” novel in a totally unfamiliar setting that introduces an indigenous population in distress
  • A fascinating female character, Greenland’s answer to “Lisbeth Salander”

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