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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312945965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312945961
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Geology student Valena Walker receives a rude awakening when she arrives at Antarctica's McMurdo Station in this less than successful first in a new series from Andrews, creator of geologist-turned-sleuth Em Hansen (Eye for Gold, etc.). The scientist Walker was expecting to work for, Emmett Vanderzee, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a journalist who died a year earlier. Still hoping to conduct research into glaciers but needing Vanderzee's supervision to keep her grant, Walker begins poking around the closed community of scientists and support staff for a way to clear his name. Andrews, who spent two months in Antarctica on a research grant for her novel, convincingly portrays life in one of earth's most hostile environments. Unfortunately, the whodunit plot isn't up to the atmospherics, while Walker comes up with a solution that's unrelated to her professional expertise. (Aug.)
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Review

“Crackles with energy…Andrews’s best so far.”—Library Journal (starred review)

 “A satisfying combination of mystery, politics, science, and history in a land of stark beauty and ever-present danger.”—Kirkus Reviews


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I've been to Antarctica, and so enjoyed reading this description of a mystery set at McMurdo Sound with pleasure.
Frank Schellenberg
This is a complicated, relatively long mystery, which is also full of technical info on what it's like at McMurdo Station and Antarctica in general.
Leslie Sweeney
Unfortunately, I found the story itself to be rambling and confusing, with many characters introduced but none fleshed out.
Charles A. Sherrill

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Sherrill on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Andrews shares lots of interesting scientific information about the Antarctic and about the studies being done there. The setting and the science were beautifly described and very informative. Unfortunately, I found the story itself to be rambling and confusing, with many characters introduced but none fleshed out. I got a pretty good feel for the protagonist, but most of the others were hard to tell apart. I had to read it in short segments and found it impossible to remember who was who, as there was not enough characterization to make them memorable. I plowed on to the end, but it was an unsatisfactory read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank Schellenberg on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've been to Antarctica, and so enjoyed reading this description of a mystery set at McMurdo Sound with pleasure. It's a good concept, with a grad student trying to track down the reason for the disappearance of her thesis advisor. He had been arrested for the murder of a reporter who wrote negative stories on his research on global warning, and it's up to her to clear his name. She puts together the facts of what actually happened at high altitude on the Ice, and narrows it down to the final possible suspect, but not before another death on the Ice takes place and she herself is put at risk.

On the plus side, the description of Mac Town and the surrounding landscape are a nice introduction to life in Antarctica; the description of Survival camp in a white-out storm is great. On the other hand, as a mystery, there are 9 suspects and so many characters, Polar support groups and scientists in research projects that I had to write a list to try to keep track of all the names. And the final result was not something that I could have been deduced solely by paying careful attention to the facts as they had been presented.

This is the first book by this author I have read, so I'm not sure if the proliferation of characters is unique to this book, but I'll be finding out by checking out the others she has written. It's a minor problem compared to all the good things i discovered here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Boring on November 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hadn't read anything by Sarah Andrews before, and was impressed by her passion for making science accessible to a broad readership through fiction (similar to the role of Michael Crichton, though his works were largely science fiction, not fiction set in scientific environments.) The novel does a marvelous job of showing us the grandeur of Antarctica while also painting an extraordinary picture of life for scientists and workers at the McMurdo scientific research station. I also learned a bit about the climate change studies being done in Antarctica.

The story is told through the eyes of grad student Valena Walker, who has just arrived in Antarctica. The time lapse in which the novel is set is quite short, which is related to the issue of character development. Some reviewers have complained about the lack of character development and the wide range of characters introduced. Rather than being annoyed by this, I thought it contributed to my ability to see life through the eyes of someone who has just landed at McMurdo-- dozens of new people encountered all at once in an intense atmosphere, huge problems to solve and no one you know well or, given the circumstances, can know well. The reader struggles right along with the protagonist to make sense of the many new people she's meeting.

My major complaint with the book is that the editing was just horrible, the worst I have ever seen in a commercially published work. Quotation marks were frequently inserted, omitted or misplaced, leaving the reader to sort out what was dialog and what was not. One star for the publisher, but four or five stars for the author. I'd heartily recommend this book to lovers of mysteries and/or science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Naples on July 7, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A previous reviewer noted that this book was not well edited in terms of punctuation. I would add that it was not well edited in terms of content either. There were long, incredibly prosaic passages that should have been excised in the interests of pace and plot. A lot of the writing was flat and read like a student journal. A hundred pages less would have been more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Sweeney on September 3, 2009
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This is a complicated, relatively long mystery, which is also full of technical info on what it's like at McMurdo Station and Antarctica in general. I got enthused enough to look up stuff about McMurdo on the Web. But the mystery and the heroine would have kept me happy even without the exotic setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great book on ice habitation and frigid temperatures with lots of mystery. Kept me reading and can't wait for more. Would like to see this main character develop more humanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Reader on November 28, 2008
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This book has it all - an intrepid heroin, an adventure through a new and dangerous world, a history lesson on Antarctica, and a thorough understanding of what it takes for daily survival in an unyielding, thrilling, and very dangerous environment. As the heroin, a master's student in glaciology, seeks to find out what happened to cause her mentor to be arrested for murder, her search puts her in the sights of the real killer who has his own agenda.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Baldina on January 27, 2009
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I found the Em Hansen series fairly compelling, with characters I cared about. But this was one of those books I kept putting down out of sheer boredom, and then had to re-read sections every time I picked it up because I couldn't remember what the heck was going on - not out of incipient amnesia but because I hadn't been interested enough to retain everything. I finally gave up and took it back to the library. Hopefully Ms. Hansen will make a reappearance in the next book.
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