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DEAD OF WINTER (Louis Kincaid Book 2) by [Parrish, P.J.]
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Landing a job with the police force in Loon Lake, Mich., a resort town "winter wonderland," sounds idyllic to Louis Kincaid, but when he meets his chief, ex-military man Brian Gibralter, he realizes that he has much to learn about small-town proceedings. Gibralter is all spit and polish, a taskmaster who preaches absolute loyalty to the force. Although Louis's fellow officers are friendly, he begins to question Gibralter's motives for hiring him when he learns that his predecessor, also a young African-American, was murdered, a mysteriously scrawled playing card found beside him. One murder is disturbing enough in the peaceful area, so when a former cop is found frozen with a bullet in him, fear that a psychopath is stalking the department spreads. The brutality of the acts suggests revenge, but Louis quickly realizes that the killer must have studied his victims closely. As Louis investigates further, he becomes cautious even with partner Jesse Harrison and the enigmatic Zoe Devereaux. Parrish (Dark of the Moon) deftly depicts the empty winter landscape and the relentless intensity of the killer's pursuit. A suspenseful tale of a man who must question his principles and loyalties, Parrish's latest will appeal to those seeking a fast-paced thriller propelled by a cast of charismatic characters.

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Available for the first time in eBook! Read the thriller that launched the award-winning New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid series.

In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Mich., a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies of cops are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed with each corpse – the gruesome signature of a psychopath. And the only sound louder than doors being locked against evil is the sound of hearts beating in terrors. Louis Kincaid came north looking for refuge, a place to forget his past. But now he’s landed in the middle of an investigation that’s a terrifying journey through a town’s fiercely protected heart of darkness.

2001 Edgar Award Finalist


“Stylish blend of mystery, knife-edge tension and a complex hero readers care about.” – USAToday

“Tense, thrilling, and your manicurist’s best friend – you’re going to bite your nails.” – Lee Child

“Full of intrigue and edge-of-the-seat suspense.” – Michael Connelly

“The author’s ability to raise goose bumps puts her in the top rank of thriller writers.” – Publishers Weekly starred review

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It is in Loon Lake, Michigan, that Detective Louis Kincaid is offered a job. Kincaid, coming from a difficult time in Mississippi, is anxious to put the past behind him and start anew. Police Chief Brien Gibralter places Louis in charge of an investigation that has hit a dead end-the investigation of the murder of Police Officer Thomas Pryce killed in his home by an intruder with a shotgun. The killer left a calling card-a playing card with a number and a skull drawn on it. Perhaps the killer is a psychopath. When another member of the police force turns up dead, Kincaid wonders if the killer is a criminal who has been at odds with the Loon Lake Police. Nonetheless, in a community that rarely sees a serious crime, it is the members of the police that lives in constant fear of their lives.
P. J. Parrish is the pseudonym of two sisters. Their collaboration is quite successful. The major strengths of this book are the exceptional characterization of the main protagonist, strong sense of place and the compelling plot. Kincaid, a black man trying to fit into a community where he doesn't really have a place, is a remarkably sympathetic figure. One could almost feel the constant chill of the air in the frigid and forbidding yet beautiful locale. The pacing is such that the book almost demands to be read at a single sitting in spite of its excessive length. Problems with the book include some character stereotypes. In spite of a very clever plot, mystery and solution, the authors had to resort to a clunky exposition culminating in the killer divulging all while the hero is held at gunpoint. Overall, DEAD OF WINTER is a superior mystery well worthy of the Edgar nomination
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This was an excellent police procedural and an incredible story. You will be glued to the pages. The characters were really drawn out. That Gibralter was, what can I say, beyond words. To live so nonchalantly after the incident with those kids. The man was sick. Jesse was a troubled soul who you couldn't help but feel sorry for. But no bad deed goes unpunished. As always, Louis Kincaid was wonderful. As I mentioned before regarding the other novel featuring Louis, you can't help but get behind him. I admire his honesty, integrity, sense of honor, and his thought process while trying to solve a case. I can't wait to see where he ends up next. Hopefully, his next crime to solve is coming up soon. There is no doubt in my mine it will be as good as the first two. I highly recommend "Dead of Winter".
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I read as much as I can, and usually find myself bored with the same old plots, over-used characters and meaningless scenes that never seem to contribute to the story. However, I have found an author that manages to get around that. Parrish has created a likeable hero, a vivid cast of supporting characters and shows an uncanny ability to sustain the plot all at the same time. There is something old fashioned about the style...and I like it.
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P.J. Parrish's second Louis Kincaid novel, "Dead of Winter" is complex, richly textured and intriguing police procedural.
Louis has moved to the cold of a Michigan winter and joined the Loon Lake PD as an investigator. He feels comfortable there. Chief Gibraltar is no nonsense (tough, but fair), the officers competent and there is a "family" feel to the department.
Someone is murdering members of the LLPD---a retired cop and the man Louis replaced have been shotgunned. The only clue, a playing card inscribed with an elusive code. In Loon Lake it is the cops who live in fear---a true irony.
Louis digs into the case with his usual relentless intensity. He nabs a perfect suspect (a recently released ex-con) and releases him---only to learn the alibi was confirmed by a clerical error from the prison.
The more Louis learns during the pursuit of the suspect, the more he questions his loyalties and beliefs. As good as the suspect looks, could someone closer to home be the real perp?
This is a taut, intense, suspenseful novel with multiple twists and turns. Every time I was certain as to whodunit, my resolve was challenged---I feel for all the misdirection.
Time well spent!
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Dead of Winter
By P.J. Parrish
Pinnacle Books/
Kensington Publishing
January 2001
415 pages
In P.J. Parrish's second mystery/thriller, Detective Louis Kincaid transfers from Detroit to Loon Lake, Michigan hoping to find a place for himself, a good job and a little respect. What he first believes to be a town right out of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" shatters into a million pieces of reality after Chief Gibralter hires him. He's immediately handed the file of Thomas Pryce, the former Loon Lake investigator who was shot to death in his own home.
Kincaid and his training officer, Jesse Harrison, explore every clue of the unsolved case beginning with visiting the scene of the crime, questioning witnesses, retracing the killer's steps and talking to Pryce's widow. Each shred of evidence leads to nowhere and more questions. As the days pass, more bodies surface and a calling card has Kincaid, Chief Gibralter, Harrison, Officer Dale McGuire and Sergeant Ollie Wickshaw fearing that the killer is going to take down a lot more Loon Lake residents before they slap cuffs on him.
Kincaid's life becomes a living hell and for the life of him he can't figure out why Gibralter is on his case. Is he trying to bury him because of what he might find? Are the strange group of vets somehow involved? What do the scribbled notes in Pryce's notebook refer to and where does Duane Herbert Lacey, a lifetime local with a record a mile long fit into the bloody picture? Is it incompetency that leads Chief Criminal Investigator Mark Steele to Loon Lake or is it a hunch? Read the book and find out.
DEAD OF WINTER is about justice, trust and how the truth can be veiled only so long. Parrish has created a page-turner with characters you give a damn about.
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