Naval Internal Affairs officers Mateo Valderas and Lt. Commander Antonio Del Rio are determined to get to the bottom of the Chilean Bank heist and the Antarctic Expedition murders of a few years before. They are convinced that Capt. Robert Munoz is the key to solving both cases. Munoz had come from humble means and risen quickly through the ranks. He was very close to Commander Barbudos, one of the men lost on the Antarctic Expedition. As Valderas conducted interviews with expedition’s medical officer and Ted Stone, one of the American scientists on the expedition, he began to realize that some facts didn’t add up. Stone states that when he and Barbudos were trapped in the ice crevasse, Barbudos revealed that he was undercover as part of an Internal Affairs investigation of the two officers later found dead. When Stone reveals that he will h returning to Chile soon to help with another expedition, Valderas realizes that his life could be in danger once back in Chile. The case comes to a head when Munoz realizes that Stone has information that could end his plan to escape with the proceeds from the bank theft. He decides that Stone must be eliminated. Valderas must discover what Munoz’s next move is and stop him before it’s too late.
End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore J. Cohen is the concluding novel of the Antarctic Murders trilogy. I had waited anxiously for this novel to come out and it didn’t disappoint. Cohen has created in Valderas and Del Rio a pair of investigators worthy of comparison to Holmes and Watson, with Munoz as their Moriarty. The plot moves swiftly without lagging and is definitely a page-turner. End Game continues the twists and turns of its two predecessors. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a thriller that breaks the mold and I give it 5 stars.