City Of Ice Mass Market Paperback – March 9 2000
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- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st mass market ed edition (March 9 2000)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0006481051
- ISBN-13 : 978-0006481058
- Item weight : 281 g
- Dimensions : 15.52 x 2.82 x 20.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,535,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Farrow, the pseudonym of literary novelist Trevor Ferguson, taps into the real-life gang warfare plaguing Montreal for his mystery debut, weaving the death of 11-year-old Daniel Desrochers--who was literally caught in the cross-fire between the Hell's Angels and Rock Machine--into the plot of City of Ice. A student in a Santa suit is found hanging from a meat hook on Christmas Eve. An insurance executive-tuned vagrant seems to hold the key. As Cinq-Mars investigates, his sources--an idealistic investigative reporter and a thrill-seeking young woman--make it clear that the Russian Mafia and CIA are in play. And Cinq-Mars--who evokes Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse--can't shake his suspicion that there's something vicious about the elite Wolverine police squad that's been set up to put the bikers out of business.
The Francophone detective's relationship with his rookie Anglophone partner, Bill Mathers, provides a forum to explore the French/English issues that dominate Quebec's political landscape. What really gives City of Ice its chill, however, is Farrow's romantic yet realistic rendering of the Canadian winter:
2:12 A.M. The Locksmith had dozed off in the backseat of Cinq-Mars's cruiser. Now the ground fairly trembled. The machines' cantankerous roaring drew closer. Before long, an armored division of snow removers crossed the Main, then St.-Urbain and Clark Streets, and Emile Cinq-Mars prepared to move.--Deirdre Hanna
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It is important to note that the series is not in chronological order. Earlier books in the series, ' The Storm Murders trilogy' cover the time Emile is retired and is called in as a consultant on difficult cases. Then the gritty books go back in time to the 1970s when Emile was a young policeman and starting out building a successful career as a detective. His latest,' Lady Jail', takes place in 1994. In City of Ice, Emile is age 56. He lives in the countryside with his wife who raises horses and commutes to Montreal where he is stationed.
Emile Cinq-Mars has become my favourite fictional detective, bringing a human and philosophical touch to the stories. He is a man of strong moral fiber, a religious background, perceptive and empathetic. He notices clues that others have missed.
This was a riveting crime novel with a very complex plot comprising a number of threads. I did not find it as compelling as most of the subsequent books, but it was better than the majority of crime novels out there. In the beginning, I had difficulty recognizing Emile. He was being rude to his new partner who was a decent, hard-working policeman. Because he trusted no one this was the manner in which he reacted not only to suspects but also to fellow police officers. He was not showing the patience and serenity I admired in later books.
He is disliked by most of his colleagues who consider him righteous, detached, and a bully. They are jealous because it is known that Emile has a secret informant who phones him with information about what is happening inside certain criminal enterprises. Emile has no idea who is feeding him the knowledge. This has enabled him to solve some highly important crime cases such as car theft rings, drug deals, and white slave trafficking. This has raised his status as a leading detective and is resented by fellow detectives who lack this advantage. A young man is chosen by the mysterious informer to pass on some information to Emile, or so it seems. When he is tortured and murdered and replaced by a young woman as a mole inside a criminal syndicate, Emile is determined to save her life before she meets with the same fate.
Emile and his new partner are drawn into a twisted and winding labyrinth involving powerful rival biker gangs, luxury automobile theft and sales, the Mafia, ex KGB along with Russian criminals infiltrating the Montreal crime scene, dirty cops, and even the CIA.
During the tense and exciting action, we learn that Emile can draw on secret resources outside the Montreal police force. He also relies on devising elaborate schemes and intuitive thinking to end some complex criminal enterprises and syndicates. All the while, he and others are in extreme danger. Who will survive?
I grew up near Montreal (Valleyfield) in the 60's, and by '72 the Rock Machine was the established 'motorcycle' gang in our town and they sold hash to kids in the parc.... if ya had the guts to ask - they would say 'black afghan - $10 for .8 ' or other types and prices...., Blond Leb, Green Moroccan, .... early 70's ... just after the FLQ....
This book chills the blood of any reader - so much so that when it first came out - the Vancouver Sun said it could be '....in terms of popular genre fiction, (this) might be the best book ever produced in Canada'.
All I could think of as I read it, was ...'I gotta do this as an audiobook!' - so I did. Recorded it over Xmas - - will edit over the next month and a half - hopefully release July 2015 via Audible.com
What a book! READ IT - or ...listen to it if you can wait ; )