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VORTEX David Harris 1991 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ As New Multiple Copies Available
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London, 1991, 1st UK ed. 208 pp. Hardcover with dust jacket. As New.

Winner of the 1990 Boardman Tasker Award.

Exciting climbing and drug adventure set in the Cascades. This thriller was inspired by a true story which has become part of mountaineering folklore. Two climbers on Mount Redoubt, on the US-Canadian border, stumble across a crashed light aircraft with a dead pilot, an injured survivor and a cargo of cocaine.

San Francisco narcotics cop William Holley has Walter Matheson under surveillance, waiting for the cocaine dealer to make an error on one of his smuggling runs across the Canadian border. He plans an arrest when Matheson hires a light aircraft to run a key shipment over the Cascade mountains into Washington State. But the plane crashes and Matheson turns up a week later in San Francisco denying all knowledge of the affair.

Climbers Alex Townsend and Gordon Wilson are drawn into the mystery and as police and the criminals close in, Alex, Gordon and Alex's girlfriend Linda are trapped in an uncontrollable vortex of guilt, beyond their control.

David Harris unfolds his story with economy and drive, positioning and characters in cunning juxtaposition in a tense story set against the cities and mountains of western America and Canada. The book first appeared in the omnibus One Step in the Clouds and received instant acclaim.

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