When a young American draft dodger from the Vietnam War disappears, his anxious parents seek the help of a Buffalo NY investigation company. The last coded postcard they received from their son indicated that he was hiding out in Afghanistan. The investigator photographs two bearded American young men camped in Kabul arguing with a better dressed Englishman, but neither is the missing son. The trail goes cold.Thirty-five years later a Western Australian friend of the widowed mother uncovers the names of an Australian couple who were camped in Kabul at the time and might be able to provide clues to the young man's disappearance. The search is renewed, taking the investigators to Pakistan, the Indian Himalayas, the red-light area of Bangkok, and to the neighbouring Laos.
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About the Author
Author John Pollard is a keen traveller, having visited more than 60 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. During his time in Cambridge as a PhD student, he managed to visit almost all the countries of Europe by car, including those behind the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union. After a post doctoral year in America in the late 1960s, he and his wife drove from the United Kingdom to India on their way home to Australia, crossing Europe and passing through Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.They made an even more adventurous journey in the same car three decades later, driving from Malaysia through Thailand and Laos into China, where their car struggled in the rarefied atmosphere of several 5,400-metre (17,500 ft) Tibetan passes. Their five-month journey continued through Mongolia and Siberia to Moscow and then across Europe to England.A third epic five-month drive in 2007 took them from the north Pacific to the Atlantic. They set out from Vladivostok and travelled through some remoter parts of eastern Siberia and Mongolia, north-west to the Russian arctic nuclear port of Murmansk and then on to London.When he retired in 2002 after 33 years at Macquarie University, John was Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Financial Studies. He has written four major academic books which appear in a variety of translationsRussian, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. With his wife Carys he has also written a travel book recounting some of their adventures. They have four married children and six grandchildren.