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Wednesday aftermoon, February 16, 1999
A solitary, deep bong resounded from the antique mantel clock lovingly restored by Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars and placed on the top shelf of his office cubicle the same day the department had installed a computer on his desk. "What coincidence?" he'd snapped at the first person daring to ask the question. "A mouse needs a clock. If I'm under orders to live with one, the rest of you can damn well live with the other. Like it or not."
If a riddle was involved, his colleagues presumed that an explanation would not be forthcoming anytime soon.
Posted August 12, 2002
John Farrow has accomplished with two 'Ice' books, what took John Sandford at least three 'Prey' novels to accomplish: he's created a character and stories so compelling that the reader can't wait for the next installment. Like Sandford, Farrow has his own distinctive detective set in his own distinctive locale; Sandfod's hero is set in the Twin Cities, Farrow's in Montreal. Like Sandford, Farrow has also created a set of interesting supporting characters who help keep the story and the hero afloat. And, most importantly, like Sandford, Farrow keeps the reader guessing, even as he gives us glimpses into the bad guys' twisted, evil thinking. While some readers may find fault in Farrow's continued reliance upon Montreal's underworld biker gangs as a plot device, overall the story of Ice Lake grabs the reader and does not let go. Personally, I can't wait for installment #3.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2001
Detective Emile Cinq-Mars, Farrow's cerebral, priestly protagonist, is right up there in the ranks with Morse and Rebus.A compelling and unique character, my affection for this crime-solver began with Farrow's first book City of Ice, and now I can't wait for the next installment. Nor is Farrow any slouch when it comes to intricate and unusual plotting. As a Montrealer I am once again amazed at Farrow's depiction of season and location. As an added bonus, this guy knows a thing or two when it comes to the craft of writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.