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City of Ice [Hardcover]

John Farrow
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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May 1999
A college kid in a Santa Claus suit is tortured, murdered, and left hanging from a meat hook on Christmas Eve--a gift intended for one particular cop.
Reminiscent of Smilla's Sense of Snow, this gripping debut thriller set in bone-chilling midwinter Montreal features one of the most compelling new heroes to emerge in crime fiction: Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars. A brilliant logician, an eccentric who follows his own rules, this old-style cop is beleaguered by the virulent crime wave that has engulfed his city. While political uncertainty over separatism has damaged Montreal's social and economic life, organized crime has been quick to take advantage. The Russian Mafia, rival motorcycle gangs, and infiltrators from the CIA are engaged in violent turf wars, while the police force--teeming with corruption--struggles to keep the city safe.
Even Cinq-Mars, whose stunning arrests have made him a local hero, appears to have been compromised. How has he managed to penetrate Montreal's criminal elite? Who are his informants and how do they acquire their vast knowledge? And who is the young female American operative he seems so desperate to save from the clutches of the mob?
Against the backdrop of events in today's headlines, John Farrow constructs a vivid tableau peopled with home-grown and international criminals, each fighting for a piece of this frozen city, where dynamite and chain saws have become the weapons of choice. Taut and timely, City of Ice dazzles with its complex plot and grittily realized characters; it's a suspense read that's difficult to put down, impossible to forget.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375501401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375501401
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,738,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller - superbly written & plotted 15 Aug 2001
By A Customer
...Just read it, on holiday, and can honestly say it's one of the best police/thriller genre books I've ever read. Plenty of twists and turns, some good explanation of the geography and historical background,a plot placed in the context of a changing world order and some strong 3-dimensional characters all combine to make it a real cracker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and entertaining read 16 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Farrow has created a wonderfully complex and intense detective in Emile Cinq-Mars. For readers who enjoy intricate plotting and characters with psychological depth, City of Ice is a must read.
As a Montrealer, I commend Farrow's rich depiction of this city during a bone-chilling winter. The Biker Wars that have terrorized Montreal are vividly recounted in the novel, which makes City of Ice timely, and some of the predictions in the novel have already become horrifyingly true.
The prose is superb and the construction masterful, so it comes as no surprise to read on the bookflap that John Farrow is a "pseudonym for a highly respected literary writer".
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent plot and beautiful prose 7 Aug 2000
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A chilling story, with a complex plot and intriguing characters, written in a prose that shows a consumate writer at work. Fans of Inspector Morse, will find the cerebral Cinq-Mars a equally apppealing hero. Rarely will readers find a a sense of place , in this instance, Montreal, more evocatively described.
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Not usually being a crime story lover following a few unsavoury incidents a few years ago, this brought me back into the genre nicely. Intelligent, engrossing, couldn't put it down. Nice surprise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire. 11 Dec 2000
Leaden prose, carboard characters and tiresome links to Sherlock Holmes
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