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This second outing, following Speak of the Devil, from the pseudonymous Hawke (Tim Cockey) brings back P.I. Fritz Malone in a darker, slower-paced venue. Marshall Fox is the star of a New York City-based late-night TV show, but his star has fallen since his arrest for the murder of two women with whom he was having affairs. While he's jailed, two more murders occur, causing speculation regarding Marshall's guilt and the possibility of a copycat killer. The newest victim was a neighbor of Fritz's girlfriend, Margo; prior to her murder, Fritz had been investigating some hate mail she had received. NYPD detective Megan Lamb isn't quite up to par since both her police and her life partner were killed, so the police department is happy to have Fritz investigating the murders alongside her, as long as he shares his findings. Despite an attempt on his life, Fritz keeps digging through Quaker meetings, Marshall's clandestine affairs, kinky sex, and the backstage maneuverings of the late-night TV show. Fritz is a great character, and the story line is interesting, entertaining, and twisty enough to make this a very worthy sequel. Recommended for larger fiction collections.
Posted February 14, 2007
Richard Hawke hits another home run with his follow-up to Speak of the Devil (2006). Fritz Malone, the witty and acerbic New York City PI, finds himself embroiled in the murder of girlfriend Margo¿s neighbor, Robin Burrell. The last day of Robin¿s life opens the book and Margo is not happy with Fritz¿s involvement. Robin¿s murder is linked to late night talk show host, Marshall Fox, who is on trial for the murders of two women killed in the same fashion as Robin. Copy cat killer? That¿s what Fritz wants to know. Hawke fleshes out his character so well, sometimes in one paragraph. A Cold Day In Hell is a page turner you won¿t want to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In New York, while popular talk show host Marshall Fox stands trial for the murder of two female employees, whom he was having affairs with someone else kills two more people connected to him using the same MO. The latest homicides raise major questions re the guilt of Fox involving the first victims as he has the perfect alibi being a guest of the state to prove he did not commit the latter murders.--------------- Feeling guilty as one of the dead women asked him for help before her demise private investigator Fritz Malone makes inquiries upsetting his beloved Margo, who wants paying customers not deadbeat clients. Still he feels the debt is his so Fritz begins to unravel the complex and convoluted relationships of the rich and famous while one person in the shadows continues to purge anyone who can identify him or her.--------------- Fritz is a terrific sleuth as his amusing asides, droll retorts, and bumbling balancing act (between Margo and the case) make a COLD DAY IN HELL a superb urban whodunit. The story line is fast-paced with the cops, Fox, and those tied to him reacting the same way whenever Fritz accosts them as they all think SPEAK OF THE DEVIL. Richard Hawke provides readers with an entertaining New York City mystery.--------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2007
Richard Hawke keeps writing great fiction and we can¿t wait to read what he writes. He provides non-stop action and has done so again in Cold Day in Hell. Fritz Malone returns in his sophomore appearance that has no jinx on it whatsoever. This sequel solidifies Hawke¿s ability to tell a story and keep you riveted cover to cover. Fritz must keep his love, Margo, happy while he delves into a murder investigation where he has no employer but lots of questions. Marshall Fox is a popular late night talk show host who is on trial for the murder of two of his employees. While the trial labors on, two more murders occur and now the puzzlement starts as the question arises ¿ is Marshall innocent or is this a copy-cat killer. Fritz drives himself to solve these new murders as one of them is Margo¿s neighbor and a woman he was familiar with. Margo questions his motives and his reasons for moving forward with his investigation when there is no one paying the bills for his time. Mr. Hawke is an exceptional writer who has an ability to keep you riveted to the book with no desire for it to end. While it is recommended that you read the first book it is not imperative in order to follow this story. The relationship that Fritz has with all the characters in this book is clearly laid out and you will find them all as fascinating as you do Fritz himself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2010
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Posted June 28, 2010
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