Whiteout (Follett novel)

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1st edition (publ. Macmillan)

Whiteout (2004) is a thriller novel written by British author Ken Follett about the theft of a deadly virus from a lab in snow-covered Scotland.

Plot summary[edit]

Ken Follett with his book Eisfieber (English: 'Whiteout') in October 2005

Toni Gallo, head of security, knows she has failed when a test rabbit for research on a more dangerous form of the Ebola virus is stolen from a lab in Scotland. But things are soon much worse when the virus itself is also stolen to be used in a terrorist attack, with inside assistance. Through a Christmas Eve blizzard, and with little help from the local police, Toni has to chase the thieves to recover the virus and save the future of the lab as well as prevent a dangerous outbreak. Meanwhile, she is falling in love with her boss, who is having the family over for Christmas at his nearby mansion.

Note: 1st edition novels are misprinted, pages 185-216 are replaced with the repeated pages of 153-184.

German TV Adaption[edit]

In 2010, it was adapted for the ZDF channel as a 2 part two-part television film called Ken Folletts Eisfieber [de]. Directed by Peter Keglevic,[1] and starring Heiner Lauterbach, Isabella Ferrari, Tom Schilling, Matthias Brandt, Sophie von Kessel, Katharina Wackernagel and Anneke Kim Sarnau.[2] The German-Italian prestige production cost 7 million euros to make.[3] Although the reviews were poor, "Wooden dialogues, lousy acting performances".[4] Thorsten Dörting of Spiegel Online stated in 2010 "Ms. Pilcher now has the plague".[3]


  1. ^ Bleeck, Volker. "TV-Zweiteiler: Der Autor ist die Marke - TV SPIELFILM". TV Spielfilm Online (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Ken Folletts Eisfieber: Cast & Crew" (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dörting, Thorsten (25 January 2010). "Ken Folletts "Eisfieber" im ZDF: Frau Pilcher hat jetzt die Pest". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Ken Folletts Eisfieber - Filmkritik - Film - TV SPIELFILM". TV Spielfilm Online (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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