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  • Series: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312606842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312606848
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Newly married (and pregnant) Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and Miller’s Kill Police Chief Russ van Alstyne are grateful for the solitude of their ice-fishing honeymoon, as they both have a tangle of professional and personal complications to sort. But soon after they arrive, a snowstorm begins burying the region. As the honeymooners make preparations to depart, they encounter a pair of cagey meth heads and find themselves battling criminals and the elements. In the meantime, Miller’s Kill is left without Russ to solve the murders of local foster parents and the disappearance of their foster child. Officers Hadley Knox and Kevin Flynn, awkward after an ill-advised fling, are forced to struggle together against terrified witnesses and blizzard conditions to reveal the kidnapping’s connection to a local methamphetamine kingpin. This novel, the eighth starring Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne, is among the best in the series, combining steady action with complex, sympathetic characters and an immersive setting. Clare and Russ are an unusual but fitting pair, and Spencer-Fleming perfectly captures the contrasting emotions of love and frustration that define marriage. Readers seeking tales of city crime reaching small towns will love the well-crafted setting and story but shouldn’t expect a cozy; there’s plenty of grit here. --Christine Tran

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“This novel....is among the best in the series, combining steady action with complex, sympathetic characters and an immersive setting. Clare and Russ are an unusual but fitting pair, and Spencer-Fleming perfectly captures the contrasting emotions of love and frustration that define marriage. Readers seeking tales of city crime reaching small towns will love the well-crafted setting and story but shouldn't expect a cozy; there's plenty of grit here.” —Booklist (starred review)

Through the Evil Days is both a powerful psychological thriller and a pulse-pounding action adventure that shows us once again why Julia Spencer-Fleming is one of our finest writers of suspense.” — ­Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Buried Secrets

“Thrilling, chilling and the suspense is killing.” —Val McDermid

Through the Evil Days is an exceptionally fine addition to an already accomplished series. Julia Spencer-Fleming is one of mystery fiction's treasures.” —John Connolly

“It’s amazing Spencer-Fleming manages to carry off a layered plot that opens with an arson, a double homicide and a kidnapping and expands into a broader picture of the drug use, domestic violence and desolation squeezing the life out of this small town.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

Through the Evil Days is deep, rich, and compelling—and as chilling as hell. Julia Spencer-Fleming has written a masterful novel.” —Meg Gardiner, author of The Shadow Tracer

“Tense, stylish and accomplished: In Through the Evil Days Julia Spencer-Fleming delivers a very enjoyable mystery thriller.” —S.J. Bolton

Through the Evil Days is a treat for hardcore Spencer-Fleming fans and newcomers alike. It leaves only one question unanswered: how long do we have to wait for the next one?” —New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig

Praise for One Was a Soldier:

"A story of greed, betrayal, and wounded love, One Was a Soldier left me entertained, satisfied, and a shade wiser about the cost of war.” —John Hart, New York Times bestselling author

One Was a Soldier is one of her best and most heartfelt in this superior series." —Florida Sun Sentinel

“Spencer-Fleming’s fans who have been waiting eagerly for her latest won’t be disappointed; this series, as intelligent as it is enthralling, just keeps getting better.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An absolute tour de force! Both a superb murder mystery and a gripping examination of the suffering of returning soldiers.” —Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

“Spencer-Fleming knows her craft, which lends authority to the subsequent investigation. But it’s character that really counts here.” —The New York Times Book Review

“In the hands of a lesser writer, this novel would not fly, but Spencer-Fleming carries it off and concludes with a believable resolution. Outstanding.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Spencer-Fleming's most ambitious book yet - think The Best Years of Our Lives with corpses....fans will continue to be impressed by her resourceful determination never to tell the same story twice.”
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More About the Author

Bestselling author JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is the winner of the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Dilys, Barry, Nero Wolfe, and Gumshoe Awards, and an Edgar and Romantic Times RC Award finalist. She was born at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, spending most of her childhood on the move as an army brat. She studied acting and history at Ithaca College, and received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse outside of Portland, Maine, with three children, two dogs, and one husband. Visit her on the Web at www.juliaspencerfleming.com

Customer Reviews

Her characters are well developed, flawed, and likeable.
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I highly recommend this latest installment in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series.
Diane M. Waldo
Hopefully the next one will come out soon so we know what happens next!
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This is the 8th in Julia Spencer-Fleming's detective series featuring Russ Van Alstyne, the police chief of the tiny town of Millers Kill, New York, and Clare Fergusson, its Episcopal pastor, who got married at long last in the last one.

This one gets off to an eyebrow-raiser of a start! On the same day they are to leave for their lake house honeymoon, Russ and Clare each learn that their jobs are in jeopardy. Not wanting to ruin the honeymoon, neither tells the other. Concurrently comes a house fire that will turn out to be arson and a double murder, all in service of covering up the kidnapping of a seriously ill little girl who will likely die within days if she doesn't get her required meds. To make matters worse, the arrival of a horrendous region-wide ice storm will greatly complicate the police force's efforts to find the missing child. Meantime, two of our favorite cops, Kevin and Hadley, at long last rekindle their romance while, up at the lake, Clare and Russ set out to head for home, only to fall into the evil clutches of a pair of really, really bad, bad guys, who just happen to be involved in the missing child case. (This is the part that dragged on way too long for me.) But, once past that, the finale arrives in whiz bang style.

The series so far, in chronological order: "In the Bleak Midwinter," " A Fountain Filled With Blood," "Out of the Deep I Cry," "To Darkness and to Death," "All Mortal Flesh," "I Shall Not Want," "One Was a Soldier" and "Through the Evil Days."
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Bennett VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
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I am a fan of this series and was surprised to find myself constantly putting this book down as I was reading it, unconsciously reluctant to keep reading. There was conflict between Russ and Clare, largely because of bad communications and I am not fond of plots that rely on bad communications, they make me impatient. And a major sub-plot also depended on bad communications. And then there was all the ACTION - physical struggle and killings and people travelling through the snowstorm on foot, by car etc. The plot and sub-plots seemed fairly implausible to me, even with my usual willing suspension of disbelief, and just overly complicated. I also disliked that the book ended with a cliff-hanger, actually multiple cliffhangers. I struggled to finish reading it even though I did like many passages and the development of the relationship between the young cops.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on August 25, 2013
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Millers Kill is a small town in upstate New York, and is the kind of town where tax revenues and the population are decreasing, but crime is not. It is also the type of small town where neighbors know each other and there are few secrets, including those of Clare Fergusson, an Episcopal priest and her husband Russ van Alstyne, the Police Chief. Recently married, the couple is expecting a baby that they had not planned for and was conceived before their wedding. Struggling to adapt to the new changes in their lives, the couple is woken late one night when Russ is called out to a house fire with presumed fatalities. Claire is asked to come along to help counsel the volunteer fire fighters, little knowing that this house fire would set off a deadly chain of crime.

Looking forward to their vacation in a remote cabin, Claire and Russ leave town, and offer to drop off a young woman at her uncle's cabin on their way. Shortly after they arrive at their own rented house, a fierce winter storm rains ice and then snow on them, leaving Claire and Russ isolated and with almost no way to contact the outside world. Back in Millers Kill, the fire has turned into a double homicide and the kidnapping of a young girl. The small police department stretches their resources to hunt down what turns out to be a ring of methadone dealers, undercover drug agents, and layers of falsehoods, all while the ice storm makes the roads almost impassable and takes out both electrical power and communications.

Through the Evil Days deftly mixes the personal lives of the characters with a series of brutal crimes. Russ and Claire are forced to face their insecurities in themselves and their marriage, and their fears of the future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frank Dowd on December 18, 2013
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I just finished the latest Julia Spencer Fleming novel, Through the Evil Days. It is a thriller, but ultimately unsatisfying and just not very believable. Who would take a 5 month pregnant woman ice fishing in January, to a remote cabin with no electricity in the Adirondacks? Contrived? I won't give away the plot and it was a thrilling read, but the author is awfully hard on her characters and the book just came to an abrupt ending. And boy is it dark! I don't know if I care about Russ and Clare watching their child grow up in the rectory, if that is the stuff of the next one. The plot involves meth heads, a dying child, fetal alcohol syndrome, corrupt government officials, a dying town with a faltering economy, arson, murder, rape, porn, a priggish archdeacon, snow, sleet, rain and car crashes to boot. The blurb I read called it gritty. I would agree.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jean Kant on November 8, 2013
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I have read all the books in this series and always have looked forward to the next one. The best part for me has been the characters and I enjoyed the character development in this book as well. However, the plot this time is wildly unrealistic and the repeated treks through awful snow and narrow escapes in car accidents and encounters with dumb but dangerous criminals and nefarious law enforcement agents is over the top unbelievable and uneccessary.
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