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DEAD OF WINTER (Louis Kincaid Book 2) by [Parrish, P.J.]
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Landing a job with the police force in Loon Lake, Mich., a resort town "winter wonderland," sounds idyllic to Louis Kincaid, but when he meets his chief, ex-military man Brian Gibralter, he realizes that he has much to learn about small-town proceedings. Gibralter is all spit and polish, a taskmaster who preaches absolute loyalty to the force. Although Louis's fellow officers are friendly, he begins to question Gibralter's motives for hiring him when he learns that his predecessor, also a young African-American, was murdered, a mysteriously scrawled playing card found beside him. One murder is disturbing enough in the peaceful area, so when a former cop is found frozen with a bullet in him, fear that a psychopath is stalking the department spreads. The brutality of the acts suggests revenge, but Louis quickly realizes that the killer must have studied his victims closely. As Louis investigates further, he becomes cautious even with partner Jesse Harrison and the enigmatic Zoe Devereaux. Parrish (Dark of the Moon) deftly depicts the empty winter landscape and the relentless intensity of the killer's pursuit. A suspenseful tale of a man who must question his principles and loyalties, Parrish's latest will appeal to those seeking a fast-paced thriller propelled by a cast of charismatic characters.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

PJ Parrish has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, arts reviewer, blackjack dealer and personnel director in a Mississippi casino. The author currently lives in Southaven Mississippi and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • File Size: 1742 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
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  • Publisher: Our Noir Publishing; 1 edition (November 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2013
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  • Language: English
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By A Customer on January 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am pleased that I also read P. J. Parrish's first book, "Dark of the Moon." With some authors it is difficult to follow a best seller with another one. No problem for P. J. Parrish. Dead of Winter continues the story of Louis Kincaid, a man who (although he has a strong academic backgound and other career choices) wants to continue his career in law enforcement as a cop. Go figure! Nevertheless, he brings to the job a deep sense of honor and integrity in the failed hope of finding those same traits amoung his fellow officers. Coupled with his mixed heritage, Kincaid quickly gets our support to keep trying and not give up on society or himself. Well, this is one Louis Kincaid fan who has no intention of giving up on the fictional character or the excellent writer, P. J. Parrish.
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Throughout the entire book, Dead of Winter, the author, P.J. Parrish, does an incredible job of keeping the reader in complete and utter suspense. The book is set in Loon Lake, Michigan, at the beginning of December, 1984. It begins mysteriously with the incident of the perplexing murder of one of Loon Lake's finest investigators, Thomas Pryce.

It continues with Detective Louis Kincaid, who is a man who has come north, looking for a safe haven and new job in a new police department, so he can put all the terrors of his precedent life behind. Instead, he becomes trapped inside yet another investigation that is really just a case of whodunit.

After Detective Kincaid is hired into the LLPD, he is hooked onto the investigation of Pryce's murder. His new chief, Chief Gibralter is more or less a very special individual. He is extremely well-educated and should own a bigger police department than Loon Lake's, but peculiarly does not. He makes it clear that he was the boss and only whatever he says, goes by intimidating Kincaid with a few rigorous words to the new guy: "These are the rules, and listen good...We have a motto here: Gens una sumus...'We are one family.'"

Detective Kincaid meets many new people, but after a long time, his favorite one is Jesse Harrison, even though they do not find one another quite that appealing, at first. Jesse Harrison was fairly close to Thomas Pryce, so they begin to investigate the murder, when the late ambiguity of a retired Loon Lake officer's murder arises.

As the investigation continues, Detective Kincaid starts to find incredible and amazing new evidence to further the investigation.
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By A Customer on December 29, 2000
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Police Officer Louis Kincaid lived a troubled childhood until special foster parents helped set him on the path that has led to his wearing a badge. Louis is half-black and half-white keeping a foot in both worlds, but not accepted by people in either of them.

Louis serves as an officer in the bucolic town of Loon Lake, Michigan. Two weeks ago, someone murderd a police officer and the killer left behind a playing card left marked with numbers and a skull. Soon a retried officer is killed with a card also left at the scene. Apparently, an unknown assailant hates the Lake Loon police department for heinous crimes committed years ago.

P.J. Parrish has written an exciting police procedural thriller that shows what it is like to serve as a police officer in a small community. The complex hero rarely allows his emotions to surface even though he seems to feel very deeply about honor and integrity. The reasons for the cop killings are tragic, but understandable, which makes DEAD OF WINTER a special tale worth reading by sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner
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The plot is worth a five-star rating. The editing is not perfect, but pretty good for a Kindle book. I loved the characters and the character development, and felt that the authors did a good job of letting us see inside them. I read this book much more quickly than I do most books, because I wanted to watch the mystery unfold and be solved.

So why only three stars? The profanity and obscenity was distracting. I'm no puritan, and don't get up in arms by the occasional f-bomb and other vulgarities, but these two ladies laid it on so thick that it distracted from the story. There would be several pages of action, interesting dialogue, and intrigue, and then, suddenly, as if an afterthought, BOOM, a string of profanity which served no purpose.

I have worked in several types of jobs, and have worked with policemen and firemen, and I know that they are not all Sunday school teachers, but the language went beyond profanity. It went beyond Tom Clancy,and that's saying a lot.

This could have been a five-star novel, but I kept getting derailed when I had to walk through the sewage. Ladies, please. You have talent. Why ruin it?
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The book was okay. I thought it was intriguing at first but the amount of errors really ruined the book for me. There were so many misspellings & wrong words used it was hard to look past this & get into the story. It was bad enough that I regret even buying this book due to such poor proofreading.
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