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Cold Day in Hell: A Novel Hardcover – March 13, 2007

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Book 2 of 2 in the Fritz Malone Series

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Hawke's intriguing second crime thriller, a considerably darker book than his debut, Speak of the Devil, which introduced New York City PI Fitz Malone, solidifies the wisecracking Fitz's place in the upper ranks of big-city series detectives. Devastatingly handsome, late-night TV star Marshall Fox has been arrested and jailed for the murder of two women with whom he was having affairs. The case looks pretty solid until two more bodies show up, both connected to Fox and the earlier murders. But how could Fox have committed the last two while he was behind bars? Fitz involves himself because one of the murdered women had asked him for help before her death, and though the police are, as always, reluctant to allow civilians in on an investigation, they're quite willing to use the clues he unearths. It's a tale replete with kinky sex practiced by beautiful people, conflicted cops with tragic backstories and a cold-hearted villain who leaves no obstacle alive in his attempt to cover up his heinous crimes. 5-city author tour. (Mar.)
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*Starred Review* After his promising debut (Speak of the Devil, 2005), Hawke seals the deal in PI Fritz Malone's second intelligent and well-turned mystery. Homespun late-night TV star Marshall Fox--a hipster Will Rogers and catnip to the ladies--awaits a contentious jury's verdict on whether he's a serial murderer, when what should appear under the Christmas tree but a fresh corpse, trimmed identically to Fox's two alleged victims. As the proceedings veer toward a potential mistrial, the cops bring Fritz on board to help detective-with-a-past Megan Lamb round up a likely copycat killer. Hawke excels at characters, with even walk-ons given a convincing heft, and as the cast of potential doers and victims grows by leaps and bounds, the complex plot is carefully meted out to confound the reader. Sticklers for procedural realism may cry foul at the likable Malone's role as extralegal pinch hitter for the NYPD, but Hawke's smart prose, easy wit, and unforced pathos make this a great suggestion for readers mourning the loss of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar or Stephen Greenleaf's John Marshall Tanner--and near the top of any armload of titles proffered to voracious Robert Parker fans awaiting their next fix. David Wright
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400064260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064267
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,273,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Dobson on April 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The second in a series is often disappointing failing to live up to the promise a first book, such is the case with Richard Hawke's COLD DAY IN HELL. Mr. Hawke, who also writes the wonderful Hearse mysteries under the name Tim Cockey, established a strong character in Fritz Malone in SPEAK OF THE DEVIL but does nothing with him this time around. This isn't a bad book but it drags almost from the beginning only to pick up in a series of two page chapters towards the end but never really kicks into gear and the final action sequences are disjointed, contradictory and, in the end, unsatifing. Mr. Hawke/Cockey has done much better in the past and, based on his terrific track record, should do better in the future. As for this one, wait for the paperback.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick Mitchell VINE VOICE on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Hawke's Fritz Malone was a great character in the debut novel by Hawke, Speak of the Devil. He was funny and likeable. He a had a great girlfriend and great relationship with her that added to the book. He also had a relationship with the girlfriend's father (his former partner) who added spice, wit, wisdom and and color to the book. Unfortunately, these aspects were missing in Cold Day in Hell resulting in a middle of the road mystery. Fritz' humor was in check. He and the girlfriend were shallowly on the outs because of Fritz' case and the father never appeared.

Fritz is a unique PI. He has an excellent rapport with the NYPD - how many fictional PI's can say they have good relations with their local police force? He shows humor without being cynicism - although less humor in this novel than in the first. He is generally a good guy for whom it is easy to root.

Cold Day in Hell opens with a murder that looks like it was committed by the same perpetrator that committed two prior murders. That suspect is a late night TV star currently being tried for the first two murders. Is it a copycat? Is the star innocent? The victim was a lover of the star and had testified in the nationally telecast trial. Soon a second murder occurs that also points to the TV star and Fritz is on the case.

The mystery is fairly good. There are plenty of suspects and motives to keep the reader hopping. However, I found the presentation a bit disorganized. I also found that Fritz' involvement was a bit far-fetched. He had no client nor interest, except that he had met the first victim - who lived across the street from his girlfiriend - to look into hate mail she had received after testifying against the TV star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By johnglor94 on December 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The second novel in Richard Hawke's Fritz Malone series is a tense, well-written thriller. A late-night TV host named named Marshall Fox is arrested for the grisly murders of two women he was involved with, but is he the culprit? Once Fox is behind bars, the murders continue, and New York PI Malone has to put the pieces together and find out the answers. Along the way, he may discover some dark truths about himself. Hawke's excellent characters, twisty story and lean writing style make this a good bet for thriller fans. If you like Michael Connelly or Robert Parker, give Mr. Hawke a try. Also, seek out the first in the series, Speak of the Devil.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having written only two books, Richard Hawke already has earned himself a place on the "must read" list of detective fiction fans. SPEAK OF THE DEVIL introduced Fritz Malone, a very different (and memorable) private investigator whose territory is New York City. It must be noted that Hawke doesn't write straightforward crime novels; to say that he deconstructs the genre would be inaccurate, but he certainly stretches and tests its boundaries. The result is an implicitly edgy narrative that creates an atmosphere in which anything might happen.

COLD DAY IN HELL centers on Marshall Fox, a wildly popular late-night television personality whose professional and personal life is fodder for daily morning water cooler discussion. The fact that Fox is a bit of a rake only fuels his reputation. But when two women who are linked to him are found brutally slain in a unique, sinister fashion, he is charged with their murder. The trial is, as one might expect, a circus --- it is even referred to as "O.J. East" --- and the testimony of Robin Burrell, one of Fox's many ex-lovers, regarding his points of arousal only serves to further inflame the rabble. Burrell, who happens to live across the street from Malone's significant other, retains Malone to deal with the avalanche of harassing mail and phone calls she receives.

When Burrell herself is murdered in a fashion similar to those for whom Fox is on trial, it raises the issue of whether Burrell has been executed by a copycat killer or if the D.A.'s office is trying the wrong man for murder. Malone is working with Megan Lamb, an emotionally troubled New York police detective assigned to the investigation. They begin digging into Fox's life and discover no lack of suspects or motives for any of the killings.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read all five of Tim Cockey's earlier "Hearse" novels, about a wise-cracking mortician who doubles as an amateur sleuth, we have turned to the author's obviously more serious mystery/thrillers written as Richard Hawke. The first, "Speak of the Devil", introduced private detective Fritz Malone, a likable and resourceful fellow, who eventually solves a quite complicated set of crimes. In "Cold Day", Malone is looking into the death of a neighbor girl he barely knew which seems connected to two murders allegedly committed by an infamous late night talk show host. Megan Lamb is the official NYPD detective handling the case, and roughly half the novel revolves around her, and her back story; and her attempts to both solve the crime and "survive" as a lesbian woman in a typically male job. She and Malone pair up in the waning moments of the tale to bring matters to a satisfying conclusion.

We liked the book but note that there remains only one further Hawke novel, "House of Secrets", which is apparently a political thriller, not another Fritz Malone mystery. We'll probably pass on that.
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