"A chilling conspiracy thriller"
Georgia Parrish returns home to Nulgarra in Far Northern
Queensland, Australia to attend a funeral. Knowing that
the townsfolk detest her and struggling with keeping calm
against the constant verbal assault of her temporary
bunkmate, Georgia decides now that the funeral is over to
leave where she is not welcome. She heads to the small
airport hoping to gain a seat on a flight out though she
knows that is doubtful. She picks up two stranded people
also heading to the airport. Luck is with her as someone
fails to show up for the flight.
Luck deserts Georgia as the plane crashes killing two
people. Georgia learns that the plane was sabotaged and
the no show was found dead on a nearby beach. Not
trusting local law enforcement to seek the truth, Georgia
investigates only to find Chinese thugs believe she was
partners with the dead passengers, who include a research
scientist on the brink of an antibody breakthrough
potentially rivaling that of penicillin. Her deadly foes
abduct Georgia's mother because they demand to know what
she knows or else.
DEAD HEAT lives up to its title as fans will feel the
torrid tropical climate of Northern Queensland especially
when the corpse count rises and the crocodiles dominate
the local quagmire population. The picturesque background
is so compelling at times the view overwhelms a strong
thriller starring a terrific protagonist. Though the
villains seem more out of a 1930s Fu Manchu tale, readers
will appreciate this powerful sweltering tale of murder
and survival in the remote Australian swamps.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 19, 2004