Mitchell Zuckoff has a nose for the classic adventure story. In his 2011 bestseller, “Lost in Shangri-La,’’ the Boston University journalism professor brought a seasoned reporter’s skills — he worked at the Globe for a decade — and a real flair to his account of a World II-era plane crash AND RESCUE in the jungles of New Guinea.
“Frozen in Time,’’ Zuckoff’s new book, delivers a similar payoff. Again, he has spun an edge-of-the-seat yarn involving a World War II-era plane crash — actually, several crashes — and endurance against the odds. But the locale could not be more different: Instead of the tropics, this time it’s Greenland, one of the world’s coldest, most inhospitable climes. It is vast — “Greenland could swallow Texas and California and still have room for a dessert of New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and all of New England,” Zuckoff writes — sparsely inhabited, and deadly cold.