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Dune, June 2004, 21.95, 320 pp.
ISBN 0312301219

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
This report 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 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?    -   60% 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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