Ian Austin was born in 1963 in Southampton, England. His very un-remarkable school life ended at 16. Drifting into and out of several jobs including hotel porter and photocopier salesman he eventually found his salvation in the Hampshire Police. A career as first a constable and then detective in the UK followed, where he also served as a tactical firearms officer, covert surveillance operative and National Crime Squad trainer. He transferred to the New Zealand Police in 2003 having visited several times before and falling in love with the country and the Kiwi way of life. He left the police in 2006 to set up a training and consultancy business. He now lives in Auckland with his artist partner Sallie.
Dead isn’t always followed by and gone.
An all but forgotten cold case, all for one person that is. No one in their right mind would go back again… Right mind? Correct!
Frozen Summer is the nickname Dan Calder’s girlfriend Tara gives to a cold case, the coldest one of all. Who else but Calder would contemplate investigating an unsolved killing where he’s the only suspect?
Psychologically tortured by Zoe Summers death to this day. Being there, being involved, covering it up.
Armed with the police files from the original investigation, now he can inject his own witness evidence into the mix to generate new leads.
The time’s come to revisit the scene of his blackest experience in order to try and move on once and for all. At stake are the relationships with Tara, their new son Bradley and possibly his very liberty.
One way or another it ends here.
Right here, right now