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Scott Phillips' sketch of a crooked lawyer on the lam is amusingly ironic: though there's violence aplenty in the novel--including a morbidly comic finger-breaking scene starring Spencer, a philosophical bouncer at the Sweet Cage, one of the strip clubs Charlie oversees for Bill Gerard--this is Waiting for Godot rather than Goodfellas. Phillips masterfully sets up the reader's expectations for action and adventure, dropping cryptic hints about Charlie's past, present, and future, then gleefully keeps Charlie in a holding pattern, circling from one strip club to another, from bars to massage parlors to his former in-laws' house.
But when the world isn't scripted by Beckett, all waiting games must come to an end. Charlie's gamble--it would be cheating to tell you more than that it involves a little cocaine, a beautiful woman of indeterminate origin, a Christmas package full of cash, and an embarrassing photograph--pays off, and he heads out of town. How far does he get? Well, that's another story--and another opportunity for Phillips to show off the mordant humor that may brand him as the Cohen brothers' literary heir apparent. In his hands, Kansas doesn't seem far at all from Fargo. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Charlie is so relaxed, taking time to stop off to look for a drink. He seems to sleep walk through his life with caual ease, whilst carrying out such dark deeds. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Goodbye
"The Ice Harvest" by Scott Phillips is an interesting first novel.
It is light entertainment...a noirish dark mystery/comedy. Read more
I don't think this is the place she would have expected to get back to by clicking her heels three times. Lots of sex (which nobody seems to be enjoying very much} and violence. Read morePublished on July 3 2002 by D. P. Birkett
As a mystery author with my first novel in current release, I was quite pleased when THE ICE HARVEST earned its recent Edgar nomination as Best First Novel. Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by Kent Braithwaite
Ice Harvest was a refreshingly simplistic read. A lawyer on the lamb killing time before leaving his past behind bumbles into more tangled webs than a broom being waved in a 100... Read morePublished on July 4 2001 by Bridget Hockney
In a year that saw some of the brightest new voices in noir fiction, Scott Phillips shines brightest. Read morePublished on June 5 2001
The main character (Charlie Arglist) is amazing emotionless as he carries out many first times acts of violence and deceit. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001
James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss, gives it a rousing endorsement and I can see why.
The whole book takes place on Christmas Eve that year. Read more
I have to love a writer who can tell a great story in under 300 pages. And make no mistake, this is a great story. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by Ms. Nancy F. Jones