Published: September 2005
In this well-researched analysis of a true and unsolved crime, the enigma surrounding the death of Janelle Patton--a 29-year-old Australian woman who disappeared while hiking on a popular Norfolk Island trail and was later found stabbed and dead--is investigated through personal interviews and probing questions. A territory of Australia, Norfolk Island itself is as fascinating and strange as Patton's murder. Few people in this secretive and protective island community of less than 2,000 citizens will discuss the incident, further shrouding Patton's death with mystery. This startlingly original tale is a portrait of an isolated community that holds a dark and peculiar secret that may never be revealed.