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Absolute Zero Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2003

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Book 3 of 6 in the Phil Broker Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ex-cop Phil Broker, hero of Logan's previous three thrillers (The Big Law, etc.), takes a break from managing his small Minnesota resort in this latest outing and fills in for his uncle as a wilderness guide in the northernmost reaches of the state. It's hardly a pleasure trip: Broker's soldier wife, Nina, has just split with their child, and one of Broker's three clients, action writer Hank Sommer, is constantly fighting with his wife, Jolene, by cell phone while Dr. Allen Falken and lawyer Milt Bane look on. Caught by a sudden blizzard as they are kayaking, Broker nearly drowns until Sommer fights their kayak across the lake, but ruptures his colon in the effort. At a minimal hospital with no surgeon in snowbound Ely, Falken operates with local nurse anesthetist Amy Skoda, but Sommer goes into post-op coma and Skoda gets the blame. Then Sommer's sexy wife takes Sommer home early, and the kinky death of a CPA, Cliff Stovall, hits the news. Pondering Sommer's last words "tell Cliff to move the money" Broker teams up with Skoda to visit Sommer and Jolene, but Skoda gets info that puts their lives in danger. Lured back to Ely and tricked by experts, Broker and Skoda are put out of action, and the scene is set for a shattering surprise ending. Logan parlays the plot elements with the icy finesse of James M. Cain and draws characters so real you can feel the body heat steaming off the page. Once again, he proves himself an awesome storyteller with a unique voice and a flawless sense of place and mood. Major ad/promo; 6-city author tour; Harper Audio.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Continuing his winning streak, Logan (The Big Law) brings back recurring character Phil Broker, now as a wilderness guide rather than an undercover police officer. Broker leads three minimally equipped men deep into the Minnesota woods to hunt moose. Before they can bag a beast, however, a massive storm destroys most of their supplies and critically injures one of the men. As the troupe's guide, it falls to Phil to get to civilization and bring back a rescue team before the man dies. The rescue and subsequent events connect their four lives in unexpected ways. Readers will delights in the first-rate characterization and compelling plot filled with unexpected twists. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (February 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061031569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061031564
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chuck Logan is an author of crime drama and veteran of the Vietnam War, who lives with his wife and daughter in Stillwater, Minnesota.

He is best known for his series of novels featuring the character Phil Broker, an ex-Minnesota police officer. Logan's novels include Hunter's Moon, Absolute Zero, Vapor Trail, Homefront, and After the Rain. And now Homefront is a film.

Homefront is an action-thriller directed by Gary Fleder. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Logan and was adapted into a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone. It stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. Filming began on 1 October 2012 in New Orleans. The film is set to be released nationwide in theaters on November 27, 2013.[1] The film was originally planned to be released in 2014. In July 2013, the MPAA gave the film an R rating for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief sexuality.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Phil Broker spent his years on the St. Paul's police department as a deep undercover cop. When he left the force, he owned and operated a small resort on Lake Superior. He also help his uncle guide hunters near Ely so he doesn't have time to think that his wife took their baby and went back into the Army after her maternity leave was up. Broker wanted her to stay stateside while she wanted him to go to Europe with her to watch the baby.

The effect of their separation leaves Phil vulnerable as well as miserable and on edge. When he guided three men into the wilderness to look for moose one became very sick. They were able to get him medical help, but something went wrong and the patient was technically brain dead. Phil believes he sees an awareness in the man's eyes and together they find a way to go after the person who seems to have gotten away with killing an innocent man.

Chuck Logan is going to do for suspense thrillers what John Grisham has done for legal thrillers. His prose is crisp, colorful and pointed with not one wasted word. Yet he makes scenes so realistic and colorful that the readers feel that they are mentally watching a video. ABSOLUTE ZERO has so many twists and turns that one never knows from one minute to the next what is going to happen except that this novel is absolutely perfect.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Hoesli on February 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my frst Chuck Logan novel and I have to say it will not be my last! Starting with a very exciting camping / canoe trip to supposed murder, this haunted ex-cop with a world of problems of his own goes on to win out in the very cold Minnasota winter. Good story telling!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By data on April 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The suspense of which characters are going to gang up on which victims, made me forget about time, space and the pain of my broken foot.
This is the first Chuck Logan thriller I've read. Abridged audiotape. I'm glad I read the reviews because some of the vivid, descriptive prose in the hardback book has been omitted on the tape.
Now that I have read the reviews and seen the list of Logan's books, I have to say:
1)I cannot wait for the other books to be put on tape, so I'll read the paperbacks.
2)The other reviews sum up the characters and plot better than I can.
3)Yes, I did think it was lightweight at first. I said if there are no women on the flip side, I will stop the tape. (women appeared) I am so glad I didn't stop.
4)My daughter just returned from the store with pain pills and a Logan paperback. Which sack should I open first?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Thompson on March 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Chuck Logan book, and I could sense that I was missing out on a lot of background story. I really liked how the book started out so fast-paced and intense, and kept it up for about the first 100 pages. And overall, I found the plot to be interesting and enjoyable, and the characters relatively interesting and well-rounded. I guess my only confusion was the relative lack of any moral barometer in the main character, Phil Broker. We are told he has a wife and young daughter, but then he spends much of the book pretty much going back and forth between 2 other women. I definitely felt like I was missing something that might explain his behavior. Including ostriches in the plot was interesting. And being from the Mpls./St. Paul area, it was kinda fun to actually know some of the towns/roads/areas he mentions in the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been home recovering from surgery for a few weeks, so I finally had time to read a few books. I have been waiting for a new book from Logan for too long- his new book in the Phil Broker -Nina Pryce series is outstanding. I couldn't put it down (as opposed to The Summons - by Grisham, which was barely worth reading). Logan's books are full of suspense, and he's developed characters who are worth reading about. If you like james Patterson, Logan is better - and less gruesome. This book is worth checking out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TundraBee on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Minnesota author Chuck Logan has a wonderful way with words. His new action/thriller/mystery packs more action in the first 70 pages than many do in an entire book. The bone-chilling cold is a major character.
Phil Broker, former undercover cop, guides 3 Twin Citians - a doctor, a lawyer and a writer - in by canoe to shoot a moose among the northern Minnesota lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA - no motorized craft allowed.) "Broker ... speculated that they wouldn't be out here unless it was a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip. They had won a state lottery that allowed them to take a moose in the Boundary Waters in the `greatest wilderness, big-game hunt east of the Mississippi.'"
"[The water] had never been warm. Even in summer. For thousands of years that gray water had cherished a geologic memory of its glacier mama." They encounter an unexpected October blizzard - akin to the Gales of November that bode ill for the crew of the Edmond Fitzgerald- and a life threatening situation. Two must paddle out to get help: "The doctor, he decided, was used to digital results and was holding nothing but an analog wooden paddle in his hands, so he was more frustrated than fussy. ... The time stretched out in front of them. Old-fashioned, unplugged, slow Real Time with no crowds, no traffic, sirens, TV, telephones, email, or Internet. Just the creak of the canoe, the hiss and slap of the bow cutting the chop, and the dip of the paddles."
A routine medical procedure goes awry and Broker makes a trip back to the Twin Cities area to investigate possibly sinister causes: "Broker had always taken back roads and harvest fields for granted, but now he saw that Washington County was running out of them fast. Not more than two miles from J.T.'s place the lumber skeletons of new houses haunted the farmland. That was global warming for you. The Minnesota winters used to keep the population down and the riffraff out."
This is a well-written thrill-packed chiller.
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