By John Farrow
A faculty child in a Santa Claus swimsuit is tortured, murdered, and left striking from a meat hook on Christmas Eve--a present meant for one specific cop.
Reminiscent of Smilla's feel of Snow, this gripping debut mystery set in bone-chilling midwinter Montreal good points the most compelling new heroes to emerge in crime fiction: Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars. an excellent philosopher, an eccentric who follows his personal principles, this old-style cop is beleaguered via the virulent crime wave that has engulfed his urban. whereas political uncertainty over separatism has broken Montreal's social and fiscal existence, equipped crime has been speedy to make the most. The Russian Mafia, rival motorbike gangs, and infiltrators from the CIA are engaged in violent turf wars, whereas the police force--teeming with corruption--struggles to maintain the town secure.
Even Cinq-Mars, whose lovely arrests have made him an area hero, looks to were compromised. How has he controlled to penetrate Montreal's felony elite? who're his informants and the way do they gather their great wisdom? And who's the younger woman American operative he turns out so desirous to store from the clutches of the mob?
Against the backdrop of occasions in brand new headlines, John Farrow constructs a vibrant tableau peopled with home-grown and overseas criminals, every one struggling with for a section of this frozen urban, the place dynamite and chain saws became the guns of selection. Taut and well timed, urban of Ice dazzles with its complicated plot and grittily learned characters; it is a suspense learn that is tough to place down, most unlikely to put out of your mind.