Because It's There: A Novel of Climbing and Discovery

Author: Jane Ross Potter
Published: October 26, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-934733-01-1
Pages: 236
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
Type: Softcover
Price: $12.95
Categories: Travel Mystery Fiction: Thriller/Suspense Fiction

Because It's There, was a finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category of the National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards:

1953, in a snow-swept death zone near Mount Everest, English mountaineer Allan Singleton clings to life as he strives for a first summit of Mount Chomoranga. Like George Mallory before him, he vanishes near the summit, leaving his wife to raise their three young children alone in England.

The remote Himalayan peak is not attempted again until 2002, when a brash amateur mountaineer from Seattle climbs it and claims the monetary prize. Alleging the their father summitted first, before being lost on the mountain, Singleton's adult children sue.

The trial progresses in Seattle, with surprise witnesses, burglaries, threats, and clandestine late-night evidence gathering. Could Allan Singleton still be alive, fifty years later?

This book is for sale in two Seattle tea shops: Perennial Tea Shop in Pike Place Market, and The Tea Gallery in the Seattle Municipal Tower.