In this chilling novel—introducing an exciting new talent in thriller-writing—a psychiatrist is tasked with unraveling a mystery at a top-secret military base.
An arctic storm traps three soldiers at a secret American military base located under the ice in Greenland. When the rescue team finally reaches them, two of the soldiers have died in what seems to be an accidental fire and the third, Private Connor Murphy, is left severely burned—with no memory of the previous seven days.
New York psychiatrist—and occasional FBI consultant—Jack Miller is tasked with uncovering Murphy’s memories. Carrying his own scars from World War II, Miller feels a kinship with the badly disfigured young soldier and patiently works to help him recall the events of that deadly storm.
However, the FBI wants Miller to do more than just uncover the missing memories. They also tell him that one of the three soldiers was a Soviet spy—and he needs to figure out who. As Miller delves into the personal background of the other two soldiers, and the history of the isolated base, he quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems.
YA author Mockler (the Beatrix the Bold series) makes his adult debut with a superb closed-circle mystery that begins after two suspicious deaths in Greenland in 1967. New York City psychiatrist Jack Miller spends most of his days working with civilian patients, but he's also a valued resource for the CIA who assesses its employees' susceptibility to being blackmailed. After a tragedy, he's called to the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va.: the U.S. Army has been maintaining a secret military base under Greenland's ice sheet that houses missiles capable of reaching the Soviet Union, but the regular shifting of the ice makes the base's tunnels unstable. A recent collapse trapped three men inside, and a subsequent fire killed two of them. The sole survivor, Pvt. Connor Murphy, is shipped stateside to treat his burns, and Miller is tasked with questioning the soldier about what happened, an investigation that's complicated after Miller learns that one of the three men—Murphy included—may have been a Soviet spy. As he digs deeper, Miller unravels one sinister truth after another. Mockler maintains a high level of tension throughout—readers will rip through pages to get to the bottom of Miller's reasoning. Admirers of golden age whodunits will be enthralled.