Death Trap (Jessie Arnold Series #10)

Death Trap (Jessie Arnold Series #10)

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by Sue Henry
     
 

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Up north,
the summers are brief --
and winter, like death,
is cold and long . . .

Recovering from knee surgery that will cause her to miss the upcoming dogsled racing season, champion "musher" Jessie Arnold feels empty and bored -- so she grabs an opportunity to fill her days manning the Iditarod booth at the Alaska State Fair.

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Up north,
the summers are brief --
and winter, like death,
is cold and long . . .

Recovering from knee surgery that will cause her to miss the upcoming dogsled racing season, champion "musher" Jessie Arnold feels empty and bored -- so she grabs an opportunity to fill her days manning the Iditarod booth at the Alaska State Fair. But murder becomes an attraction here as well -- an especially brutal one -- when the corpse of a small-time hoodlum slain by a double-blade axe blow to the skull turns up on the fairgrounds. Jessie shouldn't get involved, having already seen too much violent death in her lifetime. But strange connections are linking the killing with a child's kidnapping . . . and with the sudden disappearance of her own beloved lead sled dog. Soon friends old and new will be pulled in as well when the unthinkable occurs: Jessie herself vanishes without a trace.

Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
“Suspenseful, intelligent, and filled with the spectacular beauty of the northern wilds.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Real thrills set against the wild beauty of Alaska.”
Booklist
“Well-drawn characters...charm the reader.”
Washington Post Book World
“Twice as vivid as Michener’s natural Alaska.”
Associated Press
“Henry does an excellent job of building suspense. Then she sets hearts racing with nail-biting scenes.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Henry revels in the wilderness of Alaskan scenery and keeps the tension mounting. ”
Anchorage Daily News (on Cold Company)
“Henry has once again succeeded in crafting an engrossing mystery that...keeps the reader well-occupied.”
Charleston Post & Courier
“Sue Henry is an agile writer...hard to put down.”
New York Times Book Review
“Dazzling . . . adrenaline pumping.”
Baltimore Sun
“Wonderfully evocative.”
Associated Press Staff
“Henry does an excellent job of building suspense. Then she sets hearts racing with nail-biting scenes.”
Publishers Weekly
Anthony and Macavity Award winner Henry underutilizes her trademark Alaskan setting in her 10th Jessie Arnold mystery (after 2002's Cold Company). Told in flashbacks by the famed musher and a number of her friends and allies, the novel rarely achieves her usual level of suspense. Sitting around Jessie's cabin, the group recalls and recounts where they were, what they did and what they knew as this story of murder, dognapping and kidnapping unfolds against the backdrop of the Alaska State Fair. Despite the absence of the author's customary depiction of the magnificent and treacherous Alaskan environment, readers will welcome the return of a former suitor and the introduction of 10-year-old Danny Tabor and 82-year-old Frank Monroe. The spunky youngster and the verbose octogenarian form an unlikely but appealing alliance as they each confront the limitations placed on them by age. They also have to match wits with their pursuers when they unwittingly become possessors of important information. For Jessie, still recovering from knee surgery, this adventure tests her strength of will as she fights to find and rescue her lead dog and boon companion, Tank. Established fans should enjoy this tale, but others should start with another book in the series. (July 1) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Musher Jessie Arnold and her fans get a break from sadistic monsters and the frozen wilderness in her tenth outing (Cold Company, 2002, etc.). Henry’s latest tale begins in the cozy confines of Jessie’s new living room, where all the participants in this latest caper take turns telling the story. It all begins when a friend needs Jessie’s help for the Iditarod booth at the Alaska State Fair. Grateful for the break from the boredom of rehabilitating her knee, Jessie takes her lead dog Tank to the Fair, where, unbeknownst to them, other adventurers are converging. Elderly Frank Monroe has escaped to the Fair from the infantilizing discipline of his nursing home, and young Danny Tabor from familial chores. Danny meets Tank and a considerably less savory character who chases the boy when he accidentally makes off with the man’s gym bag. Luckily, Danny also meets Frank, who hides with him overnight in a Fair exhibit. The next morning, a man is found with an axe in his head and Tank is dognapped. Jessie and Tank survive their share of hardship before their rescue, but the State Troopers finally figure out the connection between the dog, the boy, the old man, the gym bag, and the axe murderer. Readers may be charmed by the reassuring narrative frame, but it defuses much of the tension, as does the conventional precocity of Frank and Danny. Even so, some will stick around to see the real mystery resolved: Who’s the unnamed yet familiar man joining Jessie’s crowd of friends? Agent: Dominick Abel

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380816866
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2004
Series:
Jessie Arnold Series, #10
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
579,331
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.76(d)

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