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Three city-slicker businessmen join ex-cop Phil Broker on a canoe trip across a remote lake in Minnesota. Broker suspects that his friend, Hank Sommer, is in a coma due to foul play. Sommer's wife, a former exotic dancer, is surrounded by a ring of dangerous men--all suspects in Broker's mind. The paths of all these characters cross in the wilderness. Broker must fight for answers and his very survival on the coldest night in Minnesota's history.
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"Absolute Zero" is part medical thriller, part wilderness adventure and part twisted love story laced with large amounts of psychological suspense.
The review of this Book prepared by Jay Williams

Harper, Feb 2002, 24.95, 400 pp.
ISBN 0060083425

    Phil Broker spent his years on the St. Paul's police department as a deep undercover cop. When he left the force, he owned and operated a small resort on Lake Superior. He also help his uncle guide hunters near Ely so he doesn't have time to think that his wife took their baby and went back into the Army after her maternity leave was up. Broker wanted her to stay stateside while she wanted him to go to Europe with her to watch the baby.

    The effect of their separation leaves Phil vulnerable as well as miserable and on edge. When he guided three men into the wilderness to look for moose one became very sick. They were able to get him medical help, but something went wrong and the patient was technically brain dead. Phil believes he sees an awareness in the man's eyes and together they find a way to go after the person who seems to have gotten away with killing an innocent man.

    Chuck Logan is going to do for suspense thrillers what John Grisham has done for legal thrillers. His prose is crisp, colorful and pointed with not one wasted word. Yet he makes scenes so realistic and colorful that the readers feel that they are mentally watching a video. ABSOLUTE ZERO has so many twists and turns that one never knows from one minute to the next what is going to happen except that this novel is absolutely perfect.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   wilderness action/adventure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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