“The Arctic trails do certainly have their mystery stories, and probably the most perfect is that of The Mad Trapper of Rat River, equivalent to the legends of Bonnie and Clyde or John Dillinger. Now creator Dick North (after all) can have solved the thriller of the Mad Trapper’s actual identification, thereby improving the saga.”–Thomas McIntyre, creator of Seasons & Days: A Searching Life

“A brave and unrelenting posse at the path of a livid and determined desert outlaw . . . Lean and bloody, meticulously researched, The Mad Trapper of Rat River is a depressing and haunting tale of human staying power, journey, and can that speeds alongside like the most efficient fiction.”–Bob Butz, creator of Beast of By no means, Cat of God

They known as it “The Arctic Circle Battle.” It was once a 40-8-day manhunt around the most harsh terrain on the earth, the likes of which we can By no means see once more. The quarry, Albert Johnson, was once a loner operating a string of traps within the a long way reaches of Canada’s Northwest Territories, the place wintry weather temperatures moderate 40 levels underneath 0.

The chase started While Mounties got here to invite Johnson approximately allegations that he had interfered with a neighbor’s entice. No questions had been requested. Johnson discharged the primary shot via a hollow within the wall of his log cabin. While the Mounties again with reinforcements, Johnson was once long gone, and The Arctic Circle Battle had {begun|started|all started}.

On Johnson’s heels had been a corps of Mounties and an abnormal posse on dogsled. Johnson, on snowshoes, gave the impression superhuman in his talent to prevent seize. The chase stretched for loads of miles and, right through a snow fall, crossed the Richardson Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Rockies. It culminated within the ancient shootout at Eagle River.