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Because It's There

Mon Jun 9, 2008 2:56 am Jason Geiger

“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 attempt- ed 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 clandes- tine late-night evidence gathering. Could Al- lan Singleton still be alive, fifty years later?”