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Russian criminals steal railway freight including the radioactive chemical ‘hex’ disguised as drilling salt and destined for Iran’s secret nuclear enrichment program. Determined to retrieve the toxic compounds, Iranian agents design a devious plot and kidnap geologists working for gold exploration companies in eastern Turkey to establish their credentials as legitimate buyers of the salt. Australian friends of one of the geologists, Mark Altree become concerned by his disappearance and collaborate with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to pursue their Iranian captors, free Altree and foil the recovery of the uranium fuel. The thrilling chase across Georgia and Turkey involves collusion, double agents, murders, explosive action and romance.
Instead of solving murder mysteries in Australia, such as in Yarraman Gold and Solstice at Flinders Cove, Altree’s chance involvement in this recent drama tests his endurance and life saving skills.
Alan was born in Adelaide, trained as a geologist and has worked for more than thirty years as an international gold and minerals explorer, academic researcher and geoarchaeologist. He has written more than fifty peer-reviewed articles for publication in academic journals. In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to archaeology and the humanities. His other books include "No Time for Tears" and "Secrets at Hanging Rock." He has also written "Love in War". Under his pen name, Jane Bell he wrote "Who Killed the Girls?" Alan lives in the Adelaide hills, South Australia, and when he is not exploring for minerals he writes short stories and novels.
Solstice at Flinders Cove
The discovery of a man’s body at an ocean lookout in the exclusive housing resort of Flinders Cove, near Port Lincoln perplexes his partner and residents. The police consider the death a suicide. Geologist Mark Altree, holidaying with partner Sonja Nielsen and staying with the caretaker of the resort, is not convinced. He probes for evidence into a death he increasingly regards as suspicious.
The mystery deepens when the body of Altree’s friend, Drew Addison is found at the base of the same cliff. Altree and the collaborating caretaker employ devious methods to untangle the threads of these com-plex murders involving jealousy, betrayal, homosexuality, and corruption.
Altree’s amateur detective adventure follows on from his previous success in solving an earlier murder mystery within an exploration company in Queensland in Yarraman Gold. Read more.
No Time for Tears
Two days before Christmas 1847, as the potato famine deepens, teenager, Jane Bell with her destitute mother and two starving siblings enter the Lowtherstown workhouse in Northern Ireland. Early the next year Jane accepts a place as one of hundreds of female orphans sent to the colony of South Australia a decade after its foundation; never to see her family again. She forges friendships with other girls her age and together they face hardships on the voyage to Adelaide. On disembarking, Jane works as a domestic servant for George Kingston, a prominent South Australian businessman and politician. Her friends reject domestic life for the more lucrative earnings in prostitution. Read more.
Secrets at Hanging Rock
The discovery of human skeletal remains in a previously concealed rock shelter at the infamous site of Hanging Rock raised speculation about the mysterious disappearance of the schoolgirls from Appleyard College on Valentine’s Day 1900. Read more.