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The Ice Harvest [Paperback]

Scott Phillips
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18 Nov 2005
An outstanding noir debut, and soon to be a stunning new film . . .

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Film tie-in edition (18 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033048138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330481380
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Quirky and deeply noir, The Ice Harvest is edge-of-the-seat stuff, but the tension's subtle and the humour's black. Like the film Fargo, The Ice Harvest oozes atmosphere' The Mirror 'This venture into white noir is very much in the league of masters like James M. Cain and Jim Thomson. Truly the real thing and a future classic. Stunning' The Guardian

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It is Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas and snowing steadily. The streets are deserted, traffic is light and most people have returned home for the start of the festivities. But family get-togethers are the last thing on Charlie Arglist's mind, and home is the last place he needs to be. For Charlie has to get out of town. For good. In nine and a half hours, to be precise. But first there are just a few things he has to do . . . The Ice Harvest is a rollercoaster ride of double-cross, black humour and, very possibly, the last twenty-four hours in Charlie Arglist's life . . .

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 17 May 2008
By Maveric
Format:Paperback
If you like atmospheric crime writing you will love this book. You can feel the chill in your bones when the author takes you through this tacky American town during the deep of winter. The story links together well and leads the reader to a rather unexpected ending.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic 2 Dec 2001
Format:Paperback
Scott Phillips short, powerful, wickedly funny noir tale more than deserves the acclaim it has been getting. It's got a shrewd mix of Elmore Leonard's realistically gritty characters, Charles Willeford's unsettling black humor, and Cornell Woolrich's dark, fatalistic plotting. If you like any of those authors, or can't get enough of Daniel Woodrell and James Crumley, this is a must-read for you...
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4.0 out of 5 stars fine slice of noir 12 May 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Ice Harvest is noir writ large as Charlie Arglist wanders round Wichita in nostalgic mood for a life and place he has little fondness for. Reluctant to leave, Arglist can't help finding excuses to delay, becoming ever more drawn into a complex web of double crosses. As the night wears on, it becomes a case of whether he'll get out town at all, let alone with the money. The Ice Harvest is an entertaining read, threaded through with dark humour. The plotting is nicely worked, though there's one or two slight wobbles, and the characterization is solid. For my money the end seemed a little rushed, and the story needed a little fleshing out in places, but all-in-all a fine slice of noir writing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Thrilling, Couldn't put it down! 24 Sep 2004
By SSmith
Format:Paperback
I started this book at 1pm yesterday and have read it every chance I got up until around 10.30pm this evening - I could not put it down. It's really gripping, lots of surprises and twists and interesting characters. Read it !
I can't wait to read The Walkaway or see the movie.
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