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Crazy weather, crazy artists, organized crime, and digital wizardry all play a role in a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons.

It’s the worst winter on record. Jackie Swaitkowski has made the transition from lackadaisical, pot-smoking real-estate lawyer to obsessive, pot-smoking criminal defense attorney. And now, not only are there blizzards to contend with, her ne’re-do-well client is headed for a first-degree murder ...

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Ice Cap: A Mystery

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Overview

Crazy weather, crazy artists, organized crime, and digital wizardry all play a role in a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons.

It’s the worst winter on record. Jackie Swaitkowski has made the transition from lackadaisical, pot-smoking real-estate lawyer to obsessive, pot-smoking criminal defense attorney. And now, not only are there blizzards to contend with, her ne’re-do-well client is headed for a first-degree murder rap.

The case pulls Jackie reluctantly back into her late husband’s extended, and famously outrageous, family. Complicating matters is a handsome journalist whose interest in Jackie exceeds the professional.  Ice Cap marks the return of Jackie Swaitkowski, outlandish lawyer to the rich and criminal, by award-winning author Chris Knopf, who’s been praised by Publishers Weekly for his “hard-boiled dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard or John D. MacDonald.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Knopf’s breezy third Southampton mystery featuring defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski (after 2011’s Bad Bird), client Franco Raffini summons Jackie during a winter storm to the house of Tad Buczek, a relative of hers by marriage, who’s lying dead under a pergola. That Franco, previously convicted of manslaughter, admits he messed up the crime scene by moving the body only adds to Jackie’s doubts about his innocence. When Franco is arrested and charged with second-degree murder, Jackie is determined to win the case against her client, despite threats from a couple of toughs for her to lose it. A familiar cast aids her, including boyfriend Harry Goodlander, Sam Acquillo (the star of Black Swan and four other mysteries), and computer geek Randall Dodge. A host of Polish relatives (by marriage) and Tad’s imported wife, Katarzina, provide comedy and tragedy. Atrocious winter weather, Franco’s aversion to telling all, and Tad’s deep secrets keep the outcome in doubt. Whether Jackie or Sam takes the lead, Knopf’s ensemble mysteries are good entertainment. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for Ice Cap and the Jackie Swaitkowski series

 

“You’ve got to hand it to Chris Knopf: He knows how to have fun.… Wherever Jackie Swaitkowski goes, so goes the snappy dialogue.”—The East Hampton Star

"Whether Jackie or Sam takes the lead, Knopf’s ensemble mysteries are good entertainment."—Publishers Weekly

“Knopf has a knack for big opening scenes that set the tone for his danger-fraught plots and draw the reader into the dysfunctional world of Swaitkowski, who drinks too much, smokes pot, and attempts to evade too-close relationships.”—Library Journal

“[Knopf's] foremost achievement is putting damaged, cynical, determined, and, yes, romantic Jackie at center stage…. She’s sure to win your heart.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[Knopf] tells a rollicking tale with lots of twists and turns, adding up to a great deal of enjoyment.”—The Washington Times

“Knopf has a touch I like—-cool, careful, reflective—-and a great ear for the comic eccentricities of the human voice.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

 

Kirkus Reviews
Called out in the middle of an epic snowstorm by a client who did three years for killing his paramour's husband, Hamptons attorney Jackie Swaitkowski (Bad Bird, 2010, etc.) finds every indication that he's done it again. Of course, Franklin Delano Raffini hasn't punctured Donald Pritz's heart once more with a skewer. Don's been dead and buried, and his widow Eliz has been enjoying a $7.5 million insurance windfall, for even longer than Franco was in prison for killing him. No, the new corpse is Tad Buczek, the eccentric heir (is there any other kind in the Hamptons?) who infuriated his staid neighbors when he bulldozed his homestead to create Metal Madness, an attraction featuring misshapen hunks of metal. Franco's already ticked off police detective Joe Sullivan by inexplicably dragging Tad's corpse away from the place where he was killed, further degrading the world's snowiest crime scene. The news that he was keeping company with Katarzina Buczek, the metal maven's much younger mail-order bride, seems to be his one-way ticket back to stir. But Jackie, undaunted, takes her client's arrest as no more than a challenge to poke around among Tad's nearest and dearest, who just happen to be her late husband Pete's relatives: Paulina Swaitkowski, Pete's mother and Tad's sister; Salina Lumsden, Pete's aunt, the housekeeper of Tad's crazy home; and Salina's husband, Freddy, his handyman. With such nutty suspects to choose from, it's a cinch that Jackie will crack the case as soon as she dodges the goons scrap-metal magnate Ivor Fleming has sent to dog her steps and Roger Angstrom, the New York Times crime reporter determined to write a story about her. More disciplined than Jackie's wild first two cases, though that's not saying much. A treat for readers who enjoy the journey more than the destination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250005175
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Jackie Swaitkowski Mysteries Series , #3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 932,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS KNOPF is the author of two previous Jackie Swaitkowski mysteries, Bad Bird and Short Squeeze, and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan, as well as the stand-alone novel Elysiana. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton, New York.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    I know when I read a Jackie Swaitkowski novel that I’m in

    I know when I read a Jackie Swaitkowski novel that I’m in for a thrilling ride that I don’t want to see end. In this case, Jackie defends her client against a murder charge that involves a member of her deceased husband’s family. And the fun begins as Jackie pursues her case with her usual aplomb but runs into some tumbling blocks that may put her in harm’s way. One of the things I love about this book is the comfortable tone the author presents. There are so many twists and turns in who-did-what-to-whom that kept me guessing until far into this intriguing mystery. Jackie is such a fun character that you can’t’ help but love her eccentricities as she navigates the world she lives in the pursuit of justice. Harry, Joe and Sam also make appearances as Jackie’s trusted friends. With this great cast, excellent dialogue and the beautiful setting of the Hamptons (in the winter), this was one of the best book in this wonderfully exciting series.

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