Drift Ice Station Zebra, a meteorological station at the North Pole, has suffered a catastrophic fire. USS Dolphin is sent to make contact and rescue any survivors. Before the Dolphin sets out to sea, Dr. Carpenter joins the crew. He is introduced as a naval doctor, but has orders that the crew must support him. Carpenter is more than a doctor and his actual job becomes clearer as contact is made, men are rescued and Carpenter discovers that some of the dead men were murdered. By rescuing those still alive, Carpenter brings the murderer aboard the ship.
The book is narrated from the perspective of Carpenter and is a fast-moving thriller. Once Carpenter has discovered that murder took place at the North Pole, it also becomes a whodunit as Carpenter looks to unmask a killer who is determined to avoid detection and capture. The rescue mission does not progress perfectly and Carpenter encounters difficulties in solving the case. A very readable book.
Rating (out of 5): ****