Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery Paperback – Jan 30 2012
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About the Author
John Leake went to Vienna, Austria on a graduate school scholarship and ended up living in the city for over a decade, working as a freelance writer and translator. His first book, Entering Hades, was a New York Times Sunday Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” a Men's Vogue "Best Book of 2007," and the inspiration of The Infernal Comedy, starring John Malkovich. For more information about Leake, please visit coldalongtime.com
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, very well done-- clearly set out and seamless. I sense this was very hard to do given this story's oceanic
level of complexity and detail and bizarre twists and turns. I was intrigued by the minor but notable role Toronto Psychic Carole Wilson played in the story. Her vision of what happened to Duncan proved eerily accurate in the end. Christiane Schull
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is the type of story you might hear on the news about a person who has gone missing somewhere in a Third World country, not something you would think would happen in a western country such as Austria.
The first half of the book is about the circumstances of Duncan MacPherson's disappearance and the attempts his parents, Lynda and Bob, made to determine what actually happened to their son. When the local authorities were unwilling to pursue the case, Duncan's parents continued on their own at great expense both emotionally and financially.
Fourteen years after he vanished, Duncan's body melted out of a crevasse in the middle of a ski slope. Duncan's parents could finally get the answers about his death they've been seeking all those years.
Or could they?
The second half of the book traces the evidence, tracks down forensic experts, and attempts to reconstruct what really happened on that August afternoon in 1989. The results are both disturbing and shocking, and showed that the Austrian officials and the ski resort employees were involved in a huge cover-up in not only Duncan's case, but several others over the years. A conspiracy of silence, misdirection, and a disregard for the victims and their families ran rampant in those who depended on the tourist industry for their livelihood in the Stubai Glacier ski area of Austria. It was the making of a true-life nightmare with fatal consequences.
Like many other reviewers, I found this book hard to put down. It is well-written, well-researched and thoroughly engaging. So don't read it ONLY if you have time sensitive chores. Alas, now I have twice the amount of laundry to do...but it was well worth it.