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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Feb. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786127392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786127399
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
As an avid reader of crime/hardboiled/noir fiction, I can say so little attention is paid to the actual craft of writing in these genres. Hence, certain schlockmeisters prevail, while real writers, artists, are marginalized. ICE HARVEST is a classic. The writing is sharp, brutal and taut. It allows the plot to build. It gives depth to the character so you can see the world he exists in, dissolve, and implode. What has been described in one review as a slow first half to this novel is what is usually missing in most crime novels, i.e.. character development and the creation of a believable fictional world. There are very few greats out there writing today. Elmore Leonard is NOT one of them. Crumley, George V. Higgans, Ruth Rendell, John Flood and K.C. Constantine, these writers make the grade because unlike the schlockmeisters who focus only on a labyrinthine plot, these writers understand the importance of good writing and character development. Too ofter lazy readers wish to be whisked along by a "page-turner" on a beach and become indoctrinated into the lazy reader mindset, such as clichés are okay and a stint of 10 pages without a 9mm going off is bad. The only author who can truly get away with Byzantine plot structure subjugating realistically rendered heroes with depth is James Ellroy, and only because he plots like Tolstoy and has such twisted, deranged cops for heroes that the reader would be chilled to the bone to know more.
I highly recommend ICE HARVEST. With so many mediocre talents like Patterson, Ludlum, etc. who appear on the bestsellers lists, it would be nice to see ICE HARVEST get its just do.
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Format: Paperback
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.
The irony is that he has a sentimental heart which ultimately leads to his own disaster.
I enjoyed this book very much; it draws you into its sleazy heart with consumate skill: introducing a world of cheapness in every turn.
People get killed but no one cares... least of all the reader, it's as if we have quickly learned that some lives are not worth anything. It's a lie of course but we believe it without realising that we too have been numbed by what we see.
I recommend this as tale, full of irony and extremely well written.
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The Ice Harvest is a very short book, barely clocking in at 200 pages. And yet, reading this was the most fun I've had in a while. This is a noir story that goes back to the earlier times of crime fiction, where the likes of Raymond Chandler ruled the genre.
This gritty tale of crime is full of twists and turns and surprises. The book has everything you'd dream of finding in a crime novel; sex, drugs, alcohol, violence and, of course, lots and lots of money. Here, we have an attorney, Charlie, who's spending his last night in the city. Christmas eve, during one heck of a freezing rain/snowstorm (and you can imagine the many great gags that emerge out of this situation).
Charlie works for people with lots of money, who own lots of bars and strip joints all across town. But Charlie has a secret. He's stolen a great deal of money from his bosses, and now he wants to leave his life behind and take the money with him. Of course, many people do not want to see him succeed and will try to stop him at all cost.
The Ice Harvest has a very simple plot. And yet, you can't help yourself, you just want to keep on turning the pages. I loved the characters in this book, especially Charlie, who's your anti-hero par excellence. There is as much to hate as there is to love in him. His choices are often amoral and yet, you also feel sympathy for him in the strangests of times.
The book is full of very colorful characters who all end up serving purpose to the plot. Phillips is a born storyteller; from the very first page, he takes you by the hand to bring you along a very wild and very fun ride. He knows when to end a storyline and starts a new one, when to end a joke before it gets old, or when to make a character disappear because he or she simply isn't needed anymore.
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By nobizinfla on Feb. 12 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Ice Harvest" by Scott Phillips is an interesting first novel.
It is light entertainment...a noirish dark mystery/comedy.
Filled with irony, it is set on Christmas eve in Wichita in 1979. The major character is Charlie Arglist, a ill-fated lawyer for the owner of some local strip clubs.
He has a big scam going, skimming off the top. But then, everyone is scamming everyone...and the need to eliminate some participants along the way seems only natural.
Charlie gets in and out of many jams that night as he attempts to make his getaway. How he is rewarded at the conclusion is the ultimate irony.
It is short, to the point and a snap to read. A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
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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. Wonderful use of the irony of Christmas celebration as the pitiable, half-way likeable, alcoholic, ex-lawyer goes around the strip joints and porno shops and rackets he runs for the sinister boss he is trying to double-cross. He's risking his life to escape with a half-share of $250,000. Tension builds up about whether her will make it.
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