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Product Details

  • Series: Jackie Swaitkowski Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Ice Cap and the Jackie Swaitkowski series
 
“You’ve got to hand it to Chris Knopf: He knows how to have fun.… Wherever Jackie Swaitkowski goes, so goes the snappy dialogue.”—The East Hampton Star

"Whether Jackie or Sam takes the lead, Knopf’s ensemble mysteries are good entertainment."—Publishers Weekly

“Knopf has a knack for big opening scenes that set the tone for his danger-fraught plots and draw the reader into the dysfunctional world of Swaitkowski, who drinks too much, smokes pot, and attempts to evade too-close relationships.”—Library Journal

“[Knopf's] foremost achievement is putting damaged, cynical, determined, and, yes, romantic Jackie at center stage…. She’s sure to win your heart.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[Knopf] tells a rollicking tale with lots of twists and turns, adding up to a great deal of enjoyment.”—The Washington Times

“Knopf has a touch I like---cool, careful, reflective---and a great ear for the comic eccentricities of the human voice.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

 

 

About the Author

CHRIS KNOPF is the author of two previous Jackie Swaitkowski mysteries, Bad Bird and Short Squeeze, and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan, as well as the stand-alone novel Elysiana. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton, New York.


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Chris Knopf is the author of Dead Anyway (winner of the 2013 Nero Award), Cries of the Lost and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan.

Chris has been writing himself out of trouble since he talked a teacher into accepting a short story in lieu of an essay, and an essay in lieu of a multiple choice exam. A college professor wrote a comment on a friend's paper that would have also applied to him: "You write well, which is good because you have very little command of the subject matter."

To support his fiction habit he started working in marketing communications. That evolved into a career as an advertising copywriter and later a creative director at Mintz & Hoke Advertising and PR, which he and his wife Mary Farrell took over in 2000.

His preferred environment involves a lot of saltwater, having summered as a youth on the Jersey Shore. He lives with his wife Mary Farrell in Connecticut and Southampton, NY, where he sets sail on the Little Peconic Bay.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaden Terrell on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In attorney Jackie Swaitkowski, Chris Knopf has created one of the most believable and engaging heroines in crime fiction. Jackie is strong, stubborn, and feisty without being masculine or abrasive. Her ability to do a cynical job without cynicism is admirable, and her optimistic belief in human nature endearing. When a distant relation by marriage is murdered and a client of Jackie's the prime suspect, Jackie is torn between her loyalty to family and her duty to a client whose innocence she is beginning to doubt. As expected, her investigation leads her into danger, but it also leads her to come to terms with her own vulnerabilities and the emotional shell that both protects and imprisons her. Those familiar with Knopf's popular Sam Aquillo series will recognize old friends Sam, Eddie, Burton, and Harry, but from a fresh new perspective. ICE CAP is an enjoyable and finely crafted mystery, one you won't want to miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on June 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I know when I read a Jackie Swaitkowski novel that I'm in for a thrilling ride that I don't want to see end. In this case, Jackie defends her client against a murder charge that involves a member of her deceased husband's family. And the fun begins as Jackie pursues her case with her usual aplomb but runs into some tumbling blocks that may put her in harm's way. One of the things I love about this book is the comfortable tone the author presents. There are so many twists and turns in who-did-what-to-whom that kept me guessing until far into this intriguing mystery. Jackie is such a fun character that you can't' help but love her eccentricities as she navigates the world she lives in the pursuit of justice. Harry, Joe and Sam also make appearances as Jackie's trusted friends. With this great cast, excellent dialogue and the beautiful setting of the Hamptons (in the winter), this was one of the best book in this wonderfully exciting series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lil Gluckstern on June 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I first discovered Chris Knopf through the Sam Acquillo series, and I am totally charmed by his heroine, Jackie Swaitkowski, in Ice Cap. Jackie is a lawyer you can like, working for a pro bono firm in the Hamptons. She is feisty, smart, funny, and vulnerable, and Knopf does a wonderful job in charting her adventures on the icy roads of Long Island, trying to solve a murder that her client is almost obviously guilty of. This is a good story, Sam makes a not so small cameo appearance, and I was carried along with the pace. Chris Knopf has become a must read for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Desilva on June 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Chris Knopf can really write, and his female sleuth, Long Island lawyer Jackie Swaitkowski, is a smart, feisty, vulnerable character that you'll love to root for. Another fine installment in this fine series.
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