Icy Clutches (Gideon Oliver Series #6)

Icy Clutches (Gideon Oliver Series #6)

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by Aaron Elkins
     
 

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"Gideon Oliver expects to be amicably bored when he takes on the role of “accompanying spouse” at a lodge in the magnificent wild country of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where his forest ranger wife Julie is attending a conference. But it turns out to be exactly his cup of tea. There is another group at the lodge: six scientists on a memorial journey to the…  See more details below

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"Gideon Oliver expects to be amicably bored when he takes on the role of “accompanying spouse” at a lodge in the magnificent wild country of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where his forest ranger wife Julie is attending a conference. But it turns out to be exactly his cup of tea. There is another group at the lodge: six scientists on a memorial journey to the site of a thirty-year-old glacial avalanche that killed three of their colleagues. Their leader is TV’s most popular science personality, the unctuous M. Audley Tremaine, who is the sole survivor of the fatal avalanche.

But he doesn’t survive long, and is soon found hanged in his room. If that isn’t upsetting enough, shocked hikers discover human bones emerging from the foot of the glacier—are they the shattered remains of the three who died, finally seeing daylight after their two-mile. three-decade journey within the glacial flow?

When the FBI seek expert help, everyone agrees how fortunate it is that Dr. Oliver, the famed Skeleton Detective, is on the scene. Everybody, that is, but the person who wants ancient history to stay that way—and who believes that murder is the surest way to keep the past buried."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Physical anthropologist Gideon Oliver, earlier seen in Edgar-winner Old Bones , resumes his forensic sleuthing in this well-intentioned but wordy yarn. Having joined his wife on a professional junket to Alaska, Oliver is Johnny-on-the-spot when the survivors of a 1960 expedition discover bones. The leader, botanist M. Audley Tremaine, returns nearly 30 years later to unveil his book about the ill-fated trek to Tirku Glacier to the one other survivor, Walter Judd, and the relatives of those lost in an avalanche. But the remains of a skull found on the glacier reveal to Oliver that an ice pick had pierced it before the avalanche struck. Though Tremaine ostensibly hangs himself after hearing this news, Oliver suspects the scientist has been murdered. When Tremaine's manuscript and then the skeletal fragments are stolen, Oliver and the FBI have only the memories of Judd and the relatives to work with. The intrepid ``skeleton detective'' is nevertheless able to wrest the truth about the events on Tirku from its ``icy clutches.'' But the repetitive scientific analysis and an overwrought narrative dull the novel's potential for suspense. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617561542
Publisher:
EReads
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
Gideon Oliver Series, #6
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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Icy Clutches (Book Six In The Gideon Oliver Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could sit for days with a pile of Aaron Elkin's books. Gideon Oliver never disappoints. How could he? He's 'The Skeleton Detective'. Although I could live without his oh so cute wife Julie, aside from this, Elkins books are wonderful forensic mysteries, full of fascinating physical anthropology. And the locations are wonderful, just wonderful locations. I can't wait to read the next one.
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Aww Liana.. :( I will talk t him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megsy......im going through a really hard time right now. On the way home, i thought about everything. Demi tells me he loves me....but honestly, he should stop. It makes me feel special. Really special. The three words might just be words but together, they are beyond. They have so much beauty in them. I think too many people mis use the words and tell them to the wrong people. Demi is telling it to the wrong person. He might really feel something for him and I know I defenantly do but.....I dont want to say those three words to the wrong person. I know hes the wrong person...unless some miracle happens but I highly doubt it will. Hes probably a strong Cathlic....because im a strong Baptist. I would never give up in what I believe in for love. Its the way I was taught. Its better to stay with God then leave him for love. And what Baptists think is that catholics arent true Christians. Its what I believe in too. (Im being flat out honest......dont get mad...). I dont know why i met him, why I had that dream. My friend told me it couldve been from God or it couldve been from the devil....to knock me off my path. Ive been praying so hard about this. He needs to stop telling me he loves me. We will mever be more then friends...because life is so unfair. I know I will mever be able to say 'i love you' back to him...no matter how I feel. Megsy...its hurts so bad when I know what has to happen. But its what has to happen. Its part of life....all this hurt. No one lives a painless life. I dont have the guts to tell him this....i really dont. Could you....could you talk to him please? Just say something. I really wish there was a way out of this....and there is one way but.....i dont know how well it will work. The only way.....is for him to become baptist....but.....i highly doubt he would. My parents would still be jittery about him...if this friendship got anywhere. Because there is ways that possibility of him going back. I know he wont ever become Baptist.....ever. Megs...just tell him that.....that he should stop telling me he loves me. I wont be able to tell him the same back...no matter how badly I want to. Tell him......tell him......tell him to stay strong. Ill always be there as a friend, no matter what happens...no matter if I meet some guy whos just as sweet as him(demi). Demi will always be my first...but not my last. (First one who ever told me.....(sorry i dont wanna say it right now.....) but he wont be the last one to say it...). I gtgtb....night Megs....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I did not do ANY of those...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yello! ;-)