A fairly standard mystery, enlivened by the setting: Antarctica. Rucka certainly seems to have done h is research, as Whiteout has a general ring of authenticity about it, and the setting is used as more than a pretty backdrop. That said, the actual mystery itself isn't really terribly interesting. It's executed well enough, but it just isn't that absorbing. Bonus points for strong, realistic, and realistically drawn female characters, though.