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Cold a Long Time: An Alpine Mystery Paperback – January 30, 2012
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"Leake skillfully and exhaustively takes a complex story and makes it eminently readable." -The Regina Leader-Post
"What a compelling read! I love this book." -John Gormley host of John Gormley Live
"Besides research and writing skills, John Leake brought some crucial assets to the project--fluency in German and a knowledge of the region, its politics, and economics." -Linden MacIntyre, host of the fifth estate
"Cold a Long Time is written with great clarity....an emotional, compelling book." -Mark Pulham, Crime Magazine
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The thought of losing a child is almost beyond belief but not being able to confirm the loss for 14 years, then not really knowing for certain what happened for over 20 years makes... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Sharron
This was an absolutely riveting account of something that should never have been allowed to happen. The ineptitude and willful cover-up is appalling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
This is the heart-breaking true story of the disappearance and death of Canadian hockey player Duncan MacPherson. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alinefromabook
Had I realized this was a true story of a mysterious death, I would have read it sooner. It is a great who-done it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bibliogrammie
An amazing journey for the truth. Bless this family who never gave up. I could not put this book down. Well written documentation of a mystery finally solved.Published 4 months ago by Sally
This is a true account of a young man who goes missing, while skate boarding at a resort that the town counts on for income. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William Shakespeare
The story was interesting and startling. I would have expected better police service in Tyrol. In the end it became a bit to extensive with too many repeats of the same facts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mariette le Roux
I was obsessed by Duncan's parents' search for the truth. The story itself is definitely 5 Star, both for the persistence his mother showed and for the shocking reality of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Calamity Jane
A well laid out case that Austrian authorities covered up the cause of death of a young man in order to protect their tourist industry.Published 8 months ago by T. Morris