|Plot Summary of Ice Run|
Dune, June 2004, 21.95, 320 pp.
Alex McKnight owns and operates six cabins in Paradise, Michigan and even though it is March, a snowstorm brings in the tourists who want to go snowmobiling or other sports on the snow. Unable to leave the business, Alex arranges for his girlfriend, Canadian police officer Natalie Reynaud to meet him at the Jojibway Hotel for a special romantic tryst. While there, they meet an old man who is later found dead, frozen in the snow.
He left behind a hat with a mysterious message inside. When Alex goes to the funeral to pay his last respects to the man, members of his family beat him up. Natalie learns that the message he left behind was meant for her. Her father was killed by that hotel decades ago and the killer was never found. Simon Grant, the man who froze to death, knew what happened as does the rest of his family. When Natalie disappears Alex goes to Canada to find her and sees the murdered body of her mother. He also almost gets killed by one of the Grant men and almost loses his life when he tracks Natalie down in a deserted cabin on Mackinaw Island.
Steve Hamilton just keeps getting better with every book he writes and his latest work, a compelling, riveting and enthralling thriller is no exception. The hero is a strong willed, independent thinker who will go the extra mile for someone he cares about even when they push him away. ICE RUN is more than an exciting crime thriller, it is a family drama about the sins of the father being visited on the sons.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ice Run|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
The Americas (not US):
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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