Thursday, February 28, 2013
Heart of Ice
(A Louis Kincaid Novel)
Author: P. J. Parrish
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (February 26, 2013)
Detective Louis Kincaid cracks a murder case frozen in time in this new work of “crime fiction at its finest” (Lee Child) from bestselling author P. J. Parrish.
Florida PI Louis Kincaid wants to wear a badge again. But before he can, he must return home to Michigan— and some unfinished business. He hopes to bond with ten-year-old Lily, the daughter he only recently learned existed, and reunite with girlfriend Joe Frye. But new clues to an unsolved murder put his plans on ice. A trip with Lily to enchanting Mackinac Island turns grim when the child falls on a pile of old bones; the dangerous discovery reopens the cold case of Julie Chapman, a teenager from one of the wealthy summer families, who vanished two decades ago. And when Louis is forced to cooperate with a tough state investigator who once worked with Joe, tensions skyrocket. Now, what was supposed to be a time of building lasting ties splinters into disturbing fragments, personally and professionally, as Louis pursues a mystery entangled in dark family secrets and twists even he can’t predict.
Louis Kincaid is not a hard boiled, burnt out detective that is the usual character in these types of books. He's a regular Joe PI who recently found out he has a 10 year old daughter. He's attempting to bond with her on vacation, but while there stumbles across a 30 year mystery. Literally, they stumble onto bones.
Louis has no intention of helping to solve the case as he's on vacation, but when his newly found daughter decides he needs to help people, he sticks with it. Really, who can ignore a small girl's big eyed pleading? Small town island mysteries start to come to light in unforeseen ways. Unexpected surprises pop up along the way.
It's an interesting forensic crime mystery novel involving a murder in 1969, family bonding and strife along with tough working relationships.
A fast read that keeps your interest.