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Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.

As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.



About the Author

Carol Shaben

Carol Shaben is an award winning journalist and author. Nominated as Canada's Best New Magazine writer, she is a recipient of two National Magazine Awards including a Gold Medal for Investigative Journalism. "Into the Abyss" sold to Random House Canada within two hours and has been published in the US, UK, Brazil, Spain and Spanish speaking world. It is a National Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a BBC Radio Book of the Week and an Amazon. com Best Book of the Month. Publishers Weekly called Into the Abyss an "electrifying history", the Washington Post deemed it a "deep and satisfying book' and Kirkus Reviews described it as "a complex, chilling narrative rendered with depth and precision. " Into the Abyss received the 2013 Edna Staebler National Award for Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the BC Book Prizes Hubert Evan's Non-Fiction Prize.



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