Bergstrom's Orange follows charismatic photographer and ex-ranger Jason McNeil who lives and works in the iconic Daintree forest in Far North Queensland, the oldest surviving rainforest on the planet. Jason encounters the reclusive and awkward Swede Nils Bergstrom, who is searching for a cure for a horrific disease which he encountered in Africa, which also occurs in the Daintree.
When Nils disappears, Jason and his girlfriend Sunita start to ask questions. With the help of a member of the local Yalanji people, they head into the rainforest along the notorious CREB track and undertake a treacherous hike up Roaring Meg creek. They locate Nils but in tragic circumstances. Even though the police are now involved, Jason continues with his own investigation, which brings him into danger as he gradually exposes a web of competing interests.
Bergstrom's Orange is a superbly written contemporary thriller from Carolyn Little, exploring a growing public interest in biodiscovery and the modern crime of biopiracy.
Sydney-based Carolyn Little has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, and a Master of Science degree in Astronomy. For most of her career she was a Head Science teacher at various schools in Sydney. Carolyn fell in love with the area around Cairns and the Daintree while visiting her son, who gave her the idea of researching the Daintree ulcer as a subject for her book. She credits her Year Three teacher with the encouragement to be an author. It has only taken about sixty years to achieve this. Bergstrom's Orange is Carolyn's first novel. She is currently researching a second novel featuring Jason McNeil.
Author: Carolyn Little