Title: Dark Winter
Author: William Dietrich
Twenty-six rugged adventurers become trapped for the winter at an Antarctic outpost, as a team of scientists must battle extreme conditions and subdue internal conflict to catch a killer among them.
At the Amundsen-Scott research base winter temperatures can dive down to minus 110°. Outside, the cold flash freezes mucous membranes and carves calories from your body. Inside is the constant throb of generators, the smell of fuel oil, and twenty-six men and women who’ve come here from all walks of life — an uneasy mix of personalities, specialties, sexual tension, and outright conflict. But while each person is playing his or her own role in some of the most advanced psychological and scientific experiments of our time, all are about to share one harrowing journey through a dark polar season. One by one the “winter-overs” begin to die.
Jed Lewis was the last arrival before winter descended at the South Pole. A geologist who mysteriously jettisoned a high-paying job with an oil company — a rock hound come to a place where there are no rocks — he’s quickly drawn into controversy over the discovery, and subsequent theft, of a small meteorite that may be a fragment of Mars and worth millions of dollars on the open market. When the meteorite disappears, Lewis is accused. When the killing begins, every piece of evidence points to him.
Suddenly Lewis finds himself with only one ally, a woman to whom he is growing dangerously attracted. But even she has her doubts. With the station buffeted by the murderous Antarctic winter, none of the station’s inhabitants can look into another’s eyes and not see a potential murderer.
Setting a new standard for adventure fiction, Dark Winter pits humankind’s most primal urges against a backdrop of cutting-edge scientific research — studies of not only our planet and the South Pole but how we will fare when venturing into remote outer space. Utterly original, this is a novel that challenges the intellect even as it enthralls with the coldest of terror.