- 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)
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In Cold Pursuit Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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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“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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Disappointed by the dismissal and intrigued by the circumstances of her Mentor's banishment back to Hawaii, she uses the time she has before she is to leave to become acquainted with as many people as possible, and learn as much as she can about the circumstances around the murder her professor is accused of committing.
Short one person on their various teams because of the professor's removal, each group begs for our heroine's "substitution" to their study. She gratefully agrees to fill in the empty spots in each effort, and ends up traveling to various stations on the continent that are under study. Doing this she also gathers information about the murdered man and the circumstances around his death.
Each station is fully described, what it is there for and how it functions such as the communications array on Black Island, the Shackleton shack which is a historical landmark, the Penguin reserve, the bleak canyons where snow cores are gathered to study ancient weather conditions. The reader learned much they didn't know about our southern continent, its weather and history while enjoying the interesing and specialization people and circumstances the scientific community in Antarctica as well as a very compelling mystery, and likable heroine. There is also a several romantic subplots to spice up the intrique.
Anyone interested in Antarctica, Archaeology, scientific discovery, history, unique mysteries, or subtle love stories will enjoy "In Cold Pursuit" by Sarah Andrews.
My reservation about this book is that the author's tendency generally to use her books as a soapbox to present a rather didactic argument reached a level I found really intrusive. Maybe she just isn't a good enough writer to present her "case" without making the reader feel they are being lectured to. I like books that are connected to the "real world" in some important way, but I value them most when they expose me to an argument without me feeling that I'm being recruited to a particular point of view.
I also find it odd that the book is touted as an "Em Hansen Mystery" when Em Hansen is merely the originator of a couple of emails. Still, if you want to learn something about Antarctica, the people who work there and the work they do, this is a worthwhile read.
Her recreation of MacTown is fairly accurate though hardly captures the feel of the place, the story moves along decently though seems to be looking for its own footing as it slips and slides around the town and surrounding areas. Knowing the layout of the town and most of the people her characters were based on makes it hard for me to be balanced because I kept recalling too much but if you are a fan of Em Hansen this is not the best novel but if you dream of Antarctica and the fools who venture so far away then this is a rather honest vision of the closeness and distance that some people find there and an accurate depiction of some of those who could never be called normal anywhere else.