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Cold a Long Time

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Award (Bronze Medal, True Crime)

In August of 1989, Duncan MacPherson--a pro hockey player from Saskatoon, Canada--vanished without a trace in Europe. With no help from the police, his parents, Lynda and Bob, drove all over the Alps looking for him, and finally found his car at the Stubai Glacier, a popular ski resort near Innsbruck,
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published November 24th 2011
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Mrs. Kristin
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've been much more interested in true crime novels as of late because they are beautifully creepy and deliciously intoxicating. Which sounds weird because I'm pretty much benefitting off of the misery of others, but we'll look past that part.

The book isn't written in the most entertaining way. It gets really info dumpy and really jargony at certain points. However, this book serves as a how-to guide if you want to travel to foreign countries and live to tell the tale.

Not to be super spoilerly
I couldn't put this down. Austrian officials and a company covered up the death of a Canadian hockey player, Duncan MacPherson, on a ski slope in Tyrol in 1989. His parents waited 14 years to even know where his body was, and more than two decades to have logical, truthful answers to this riddle of a situation (none of which were forthcoming from the Austrian side, who lied through their teeth AND on official documents, which I'm surprised they were even physically able to do). It's not unusual ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
What a terrifying nightmare for parents of a young adult to find out that their son has gone missing during a vacation in Austria before starting a job in Scotland. I mean, absolute nightmare. After many many years, the body is recovered along with evidence by way of x-rays which proves (to some degree) how their son died.
The author and parents however make wide sweeping assumptions about who and how many people were involved in a cover-up of the incident.
Something which I think plays a huge par
Gayle Noble
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent true crime book about the disappearance of Canadian ice hockey player, Duncan MacPherson in Austria. Duncan went missing after taking a snowboarding lesson and the subsequent search for the truth takes some strange turns, and this book is a well written account of the horror Duncan's parents went through trying to find out what happened to him. ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I ran out of things to read and was reduced to browsing Kindle Unlimited's selection...I have no idea how to navigate the fiction area because it seems so drowned in trash so I went for nonfiction, thinking I'd find either a good historical biography or true crime. After finding and reading this book,

I was left with one thought (not really but it drowned out my other thoughts)

*******Oh my GOD, NEVER GO TO AUSTRIA*********
(Sorry Austrians, I know that is very unfair...just bei
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, non-fiction
Hold on a minute. The title suggests a contemporary fiction mystery set against a snowy backdrop, like oh so many recent offerings with either "cold" or "dead" or both in said title. This book has nothing in common with that fare. Rather, it's is a very well-written and engaging work of non-fiction covering the decades-long case of a young Canadian gone missing in the Austrian Alps in 1989 and the subsequent mishandling and manipulation of almost every aspect of the investigation by local author ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cold A Long Time focuses on the mysterious disappearance in 1989 of a young Canadian man on holiday in Austria and the subsequent 20-year search his parents conducted in a bid to find out what happened to him.

Duncan MacPherson was a talented professional ice hockey player who had accepted a player-coaching role in Scotland. En route to his new employment, he visited Continental Europe to catch up with friends and do some solo travelling, but after being spotted snowboarding on a beginner slope h
Ronnie Cramer
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nightmarish account of a young Canadian's disappearance in Europe, and the subsequent search by his parents, who find the authorities incompetent, secretive and uncooperative. The book is engrossing but depressing. ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book that I couldn't put down, but had to put down just because at times it was just too much to handle. I needed some time to think, to digest and then go on. The many facts, details, names etc made it sometimes a confusing read and would probably be more understandable, accessible for people in a filmed documentary.

It's a sad and horrible story of a young man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time and became a victim of a chain of unfortunate circumstances. Locals hiding the t
Interesting book about a missing persons case that is completely new to me. Had no idea that Austrian ski resorts could be so... nefarious. The author veers between a just-the-facts-ma'am approach to the story and very personal musing and philosophizing. It makes for an odd mix at times, but it's an approach I've seen in similar books so I ultimately didn't mind it. I think this book is at its best in the passages about how the gears of bureaucracy can conceal all kinds of wrongdoing. While this ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely riveting account of something that should never have been allowed to happen. The ineptitude and willful cover-up is appalling. What's even more striking, is that nobody was ever held accountable for this. Some people even rose to positions of higher power. That not one single person took it upon themselves to try to ease Lynda, and Bob's pain is beyond believable. I hope they finally found some peace. The Author did a great job of pulling all of this together and putting i ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, mine, ereader, 2017
This is the true story of a Canadian couple's search for their son, a young hockey player, who disappeared in Austria in 1989. It's about their determination to find out what happened to him and the obstacles placed in their way by the Austrians and their own government. This story was an engrossing read which saddened and enraged me on behalf of the MacPherson's. All they wanted was to find out what happened to their son, how he died, find his body and bring him home. What they got was constant ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Another great true crime book. My heart breaks for the parents.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alicia by: no one
Wow ... I started reading "Cold A Long Time" on Saturday and just finished about an hour ago. In total it maybe took me max 6 hours. It sucked me in on Saturday so much I read until 5am.

There are really two parts to this book. The first part is the story of Duncan MacPherson, while the second part is an investigation into (what I am going to call) his murder. Duncan was a professional hockey player for a short time, and is from Saskatoon. In 1989 he got a new job as a hockey coach in Scotland a
L.M. Murphy
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
COLD A LONG TIME deals with the disappearance of Duncan MacPherson, a 23-year-old former pro hockey player from Saskatoon, on Austria's Stubai Glacier in 1989... or, maybe more accurately, it deals with the fight his parents had on their hands to find out what had happened to their son. As you might expect, it's a fascinating mystery.

Bob and Lynda MacPherson got John Leake involved more than 20 years after their son disappeared. That was 20 years of outright lying or indirect omission from most
Tiger Gray
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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Antigone Walsh
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
some times the cover-up is as bad if not worse than the crime. At least that seems to be the case for the desperate parents of a former professional hockey player. Duncan took a holiday to an Austrian ski resort before starting a job in Scotland. but he disappeared never making it to Scotland. His parents were blocked by a wall of lies, deception and silence all of which seem pathetically silly in view of the tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

This is a sad and depressing book. The conclusions
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, I'm incredibly impressed by how much trouble the author went through to document Duncan's disappearance and the investigation surrounding it, and how much he has tried to help the MacPherson family by creating the website Seriously good on you, John Leake.

This is a really well written book. I heard about it through a forum and saw the website, and it intrigued me enough to pick up the book. Really enjoyed reading it. I feel bad that the family hasn't got too much cl
Erlend Tyrmi
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
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Mystic Miraflores
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
As a parent, I felt very sad for the McPhersons and their tragic story. They were brave and persistent in uncovering the truth, when others may have given up. Still, I thought the story was too long-winded and the author could have tightened it up in some places.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What they put this woman through and her husband, just wanting to find their son is just psychological evil. I give the author a lot of credit for getting so involved in writing this book. Read it it'll keep you interested. And stay the hell out of Austria. ...more
Kathryn Jennings
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting to see what a company town will protect at all costs. It took me two days to read, very interesting.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book and glad the mystery finally came to rest. A must read.
Donna Blair
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
gut wrenching.
Angela Circosta
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I had watched Duncan play in Springfield and have always wondered about what happened to him. This book answered all my questions and then some.
Tj Hill
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crazy story.
Meticulously researched and sympathetically written account of a horrific death and cover-up in the Tyrol.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly sad story about a friend. The 30 year anniversary of his disappearance is soon. May his family find peace one day😥
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Was a book I couldn’t put down til finished. Unthinkable what the parents went through for over 20 years seeking the truth of what happened
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Born in Dallas, Texas, John Leake went to Vienna, Austria on a graduate school scholarship and ended up living in the city for over a decade, working as a freelance writer and translator. His first book, Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer (Sarah Crichton Books, FSG) was a New York Times Sunday Book Review "Editors' Choice," a Men's Vogue "Best Book of 2007," and the inspiration of ...more

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