A Crack in the Ice

Author(s): Stevie Davenport

Crime and Thrillers

A young man dies naked, deep in an Antarctic crevasse. The year is 1991. The dead man is Jason Webb, a plumber at Mawson Station. He dies during a dog sledging trip with two other expeditioners. Earlier threats to Jason suggest his death might not be an accident. Could it be suicide? Or murder?There's a political element too - Jason is related to a Federal Minister. The Australian Federal Police are called in. Detective Sam Connell is lead investigator. He's capable, something of a loner and a little 'on the spectrum'. Sam's 2-I-C is Detective Nina Caporelli. She's professional, adventurous and thrives on new challenges. The third member of the AFP team is forensic pathologist, Dr Phil Sharp, on loan from ACT police. In 1991 there are no flights to Mawson Station; the only way to get there is a two-week voyage by research ship. This provides other-worldly but frustrating delays for Sam. On arrival in Antarctica, the investigators meet a mix of cooperation and hostility from twenty-three people emerging from a long dark winter at Mawson. To reach the scene near the Casey Range where Jason died, the investigators travel overland across treacherous icefields, patterned with crevasses and sastrugi. Abseiling into the crevasse, aware of the danger of collapsing snow and ice above them, they gather evidence with great care, pounding hearts and almost in silence. At Mawson they perform the autopsy, find drugs in Jason's discarded clothing and discover an expeditioner with a drug dependency, a psychotic illness, and who was the source of antipsychotic drugs and anonymous threats to Jason. Back in Australia, they find a link between Jason and another expeditioner and a possible motive for revenge.The story is adventure/crime fiction with Antarctica one of the main characters.


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  • : 9780980526516
  • : Beachcomber Press
  • : August 2020
  • : books

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  • : Paperback