In 2004, journalist Michael Kodas joined mountain climbers from New England on an expedition to Mount Everest. He anticipated an exhilarating and arduous adventure among a group of like-minded idealists that he could report to his readers back in Connecticut. But on the Himalayan mountain, he discovered thieves, prostitutes, con men, and blackmailers. There were people who would do anything for a quick buck, or a guarantee of reaching the top. And some of them were on his own team.
Thieves stole equipment on which the team's lives depended, Kodas's life was threatened by one of his teammates, and a climbing partner was beaten unconscious by another in Base Camp. He returned from the Himalaya disillusioned. But a plea for help from the daughter of a mountaineer who vanished on Everest on the very day that Kodas had retreated from his own disintegrating team prompted him to return to Everest and uncover an underworld that preys on unsuspecting climbers on major peaks around the world.
A shocking exposé of the dark underside of Everest and written with thriller-like pacing, High Crimes is a gripping and fascinating story.
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A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, Michael Kodas has made a mark as an outdoor adventure reporter and photographer. Since 1987, Kodas has worked at The Hartford Courant on a remarkable set of stories. His work has also been published in "The Los Angeles Times," "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "The Chicago Tribune," "Newsweek" magazine, and "Backpacker Magazine." He lives in Hartford, CT.From AudioFile:
This fascinating work concerns the dark underworld that has grown out of the commercialization of Mount Everest. There's the story of the climber who was abandoned by his guide during an ascent and tales of scores of threats and assaults that have taken place on journeys to the world's highest peak. Providing listeners new insights into a largely unknown milieu, narrator Holter Graham offers a personal reading that captures the spirit of the tales, including reporter Kodas's account of his own trip to the top of Everest. Graham engages listeners as he makes each story as believable as it is thrilling. Listeners will find themselves shivering as they hear about bitter wintry nights and gasping for air as they climb higher and higher with Graham, who entertains to no end. L.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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