Author John Pollard Pens a Compelling Mystery Novel

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New book ‘In Search of Shipki La’ follows the peculiar case of a young American who disappeared 35 years ago and the new lead that reopened investigations.

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Inspired by three long intercontinental car journeys he took with his wife, covering 90,000 kilometres of Europe and Asia, author John Pollard reveals a fast-paced novel that will keep readers in suspense with his new publication "In Search of Shipki La". He explores striking regions of central, south and east Asia and presents a thrilling tale of danger and mystery.

In 1968, a young American Vietnam War draft dodger disappears from his last known location — Afghanistan. Private investigators hired by anxious parents unearth a small amount of information, but the trail goes cold. 35 years later, the widowed mother learns from a Western Australian friend the names of a couple who were in Afghanistan in 1968. This leads to the reopening of investigations in Pakistan, the Indian Himalaya and the red-light area of Bangkok and Laos.

The author craftily weaves a fast-paced plot with a wealthy dose of riveting twists and turns that will surely guarantee an exciting and thrilling read. Readers will be drawn into the mystery as they revisit exotic locations through the pages of this book. They will be in for a delightful treat that will give them glimpse of the region in the days of the Shah of Iran, Afghanistan before Soviet and American intervention and pre-September 11 Pakistan.

A gripping and action-packed read, “In Search of Shipki La” is a thrilling story that readers would not want to miss.

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About the Author
John Pollard was born on June 14, 1942 in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1963 and was awarded a scholarship to study for a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics in Cambridge, England. He completed his degree in 1967 and married Carys in Wales. After a post-doctoral year at the University of Chicago, they returned to Wales wherein they set out on their drive to India. He commenced employment at Macquarie University in Sydney in December, 1968. They remained there until his retirement at the age of 60 in 2002. By that stage, he had been a professor for 26 years and dean of the largest faculty of the university, Economic and Financial Studies. He and his wife have four children and six grandchildren.

In Search of Shipki La * by John Pollard
Publication Date: September 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4931-0573-1
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 177 pages; 978-1-4931-0574-8
e-book; AU$3.99; 978-1-4931-0575-5

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