This was a very good book. I found it just as interesting as other, better known writers of this genre. The interaction between the characters added a very interesting element to the book.
A courageous group plans to winter over at the South Pole. They didn't know at the time a killer was hiding among them.
I liked this book. The characters are well developed and the plot line easy to follow. I gave it 3 stars because the ending poor. I can't go into the my reasons for this because of spoiler issues but I believe the ending could have been done much differently.
Geologist Jed Lewis joins the Antarctic Support Team at the last minute, and his position as an outsider in a group of 26 "beakers" (scientists) and support personnel is clear even before the first in a series of mysterious and macabre deaths occurs. The senior beaker, a famed astrophysicist named Mickey Moss, has discovered a meteorite that may be worth millions, and when his body is discovered and the meteorite goes missing, suspicion falls on Jed, for no good reason other than his late arrival at the base. Jed becomes the scapegoat for everyone's suspicions, fears, and paranoia, and the pot is stirred by the team psychologist, ostensibly sent to the pole to learn how people behave (or don't) in the isolated, dangerous environment, as close a simulacrum of the conditions humans will face in outer space as science can devise.
Jed Lewis, geologist travels to Antarctica to join a team researching global warming. Shortly after his arrival, an artifact disappears and then the owner does too. The other scientists no longer trust each other and it's every man for himself - which doesn't work well in the frozen environs where in order to survive everyone needs to look out for everyone else. A psychologist is also part of the scientific team, studying the social dynamics of a bunch of socially inept lab rats when disaster strikes again and again and again. When bodies start appearing and a murderer is suspect, everyone quickly turns on everyone else and all hell breaks loose.
This is an extremely well-written thriller with many suspects and plot twists and turns.
Twenty-six rugged adventurers wave goodbye to the last plane of the winter and unknowingly isolate themselves with a psychopath in the Antarctic wilderness. While the murderer gradually eliminates the group and communication with the outside world is lost, fear and suspicion overwhelm them. As the body count rises and the thermometer drops, the group must overcome the hysteria and dissent expertly sown by the killer to stop him before their chance of survival disappears into the arctic darkness.