Sunday, April 22, 2018

Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED

My second novel, Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED, will soon be in bookstores. A prequel to my 2009 Thirteen Bones, it imagines Amelia Earhart's (AE's) fate from the time of her hypothesized landing on Nikumaroro with Fred Noonan to the time of her passing. It incorporates and is consistent with all our historical, archaeological, osteological, radio, and other data, though I've not interpreted all those data quite as some of my colleagues have, and I've imagined quite a lot. Talking (multilingual) crabs, a psychotherapist booby, the island's resident spirit-being, and of course AE's state of mind as she loses her airplane, loses Fred, struggles with the environment and gradually succumbs. Not an entirely pretty picture, but a respectful one, I hope, and one that's as close to what probably really happened as I could make it.

AE UNRESCUED is published by Flat Hammock Press of Mystic, CT ( Royalties, if any, will be divided evenly among the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, TIGHAR, and me. Although publication is a couple of months off, I can make galley pages available to interested reviewers; contact me at

I'm grateful to everyone who helped bring AE UNRESCUED to publication, but let me particularly thank Janis Carty for the cover art, and for putting up with my suggestions. And of course I'm grateful to TIGHAR for making it all possible.