By John Farrow
A faculty child in a Santa Claus swimsuit is tortured, murdered, and left putting from a meat hook on Christmas Eve--a reward meant for one specific cop.
Reminiscent of Smilla's feel of Snow, this gripping debut mystery set in bone-chilling midwinter Montreal positive factors some of the most compelling new heroes to emerge in crime fiction: Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars. a super philosopher, an eccentric who follows his personal principles, this old-style cop is beleaguered through the virulent crime wave that has engulfed his urban. whereas political uncertainty over separatism has broken Montreal's social and fiscal existence, geared up crime has been quickly to make the most. The Russian Mafia, rival motorbike gangs, and infiltrators from the CIA are engaged in violent turf wars, whereas the police force--teeming with corruption--struggles to maintain the town secure.
Even Cinq-Mars, whose lovely arrests have made him a neighborhood hero, seems to be to were compromised. How has he controlled to penetrate Montreal's legal elite? who're his informants and the way do they gather their significant wisdom? And who's the younger lady American operative he turns out so desirous to shop from the clutches of the mob?
Against the backdrop of occasions in brand new headlines, John Farrow constructs a shiny tableau peopled with home-grown and overseas criminals, each one scuffling with for a bit of this frozen urban, the place dynamite and chain saws became the guns of selection. Taut and well timed, urban of Ice dazzles with its advanced plot and grittily learned characters; it is a suspense learn that is tough to place down, most unlikely to overlook.