In Cold Pursuit
Hardback edition 2007, St. Martin’s Minotaur, New York
Switching gears from the Em Hansen series, Sarah Andrews sets this mystery in one of the most beautiful and hostile environments in the world: Antarctica.
Arriving at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to work on her master’s thesis, glaciologist Valena Walker discovers that the professor who was be her thesis advisor has been arrested for murder and sent back to the U.S. Without a supervisor, she is about to lose her grant and be shipped out as well, with her research undone.
In an effort to forestall this threat and clear her professor’s name, Valena decides to investigate the mysterious death of a reporter from exposure that is being called a possible murder. She pursues her leads among the closed circle of scientists, technicans, and military personnel living at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Sarah received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research this novel at McMurdo Station. She spent two months there, so her descriptions of the Station and this unique environment are written from personal observation.
"Antarctica proves the perfect location for a classic locked-room puzzle. Pursuing her Master’s degree under the guidance of storied glaciologist Dr. Emmett Vanderzee, Valena Walker is about to fulfill her dream of visiting the coldest continent.
Upon arrival, though, she is dismayed to hear that Emmett has been shipped out, arrested for the murder of a reporter from a neocon newspaper who was thought to have died from altitude sickness. In fact, Valena herself is about to be sent back to the States. Devastated, but undaunted, she turns detective attempting to figure out what really happened at the remote camp… Some of Emmett’s colleagues help her chart a course among the scientists, technicians and military personnel at the main base at McMurdo; others warn her to back off…
Against the breathtakingly beautiful and perilous backdrop of Antarctica, Valena keeps up her dangerous search for the truth, hoping to save Emmett’s career and her own.
Andrews (Dead Dry, 2005, etc,) sets a satisfying combination of mystery, politics, science and history in a land of stark beauty and ever-present danger."
Library Journal (starred review)
"Arriving in Antarctica to work on her master’s thesis, glaciologist Valena Walker discovers that her professor has been arrested for murder. Determined to avoid being shipped back to the States before she completes her studies, she decides to investigate a reporter’s mysterious death from exposure.
After a slow start, the story picks up until it crackles with energy and purpose.
Geologist Andrews, author of the “Em Hansen” series (Earth Colors), received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research this novel at the South Pole. Introducing an intriguing new detective in a unique setting, this mystery, Andrews’s best so far, is brilliantly written and painstakingly authentic. Highly recommended for all mystery collections."