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Ice Lake

Ice Lake

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by John Farrow

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A woman discovers a frozen corpse under the ice in her fishing shack—coincidentally, on the same lake where Detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying an afternoon of ice fishing with his partner just a few shacks away.


A woman discovers a frozen corpse under the ice in her fishing shack—coincidentally, on the same lake where Detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying an afternoon of ice fishing with his partner just a few shacks away.

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Montreal supercop Émile Cinq-Mars (City of Ice , 1999) returns, scores, and once again hangs about too long. That he's brilliant, even his many enemies would grant. That he's sold on himself, even his few friends would be forced to acknowledge. Taciturn and garrulous by turns, the ever-testy star detective, whose unlovely face the media has somehow fallen in love with, is confronted this time out with what seems like mass murder. Forty-two people have died mysteriously, and there's not much that's usual about the list of suspects. Topping it, for instance, is the chief executive of a multinational pharmaceutical corporation who claims for his company an unselfish and unswerving dedication to AIDS research, a claim Cinq-Mars views skeptically. BioLogika's methods may be impeccably scientific, but there are unsettling aspects to them nonetheless. Are the "lab-rats" merely that, he wonders, or is the term a euphemistic reference to a darker approach, as illegal as it is immoral? It's no news to him, of course, that "medicine is money"—in amounts likely to attract acquisitive interest from organized bad guys who, there's reason to believe, already have representation on the BioLogika scene. It all starts for Cinq-Mars with an enigmatic phone call from an obviously frightened woman. She has information she wants to pass on, but she won't do it over the phone. Cinq-Mars must rent a lakeside fishing shack and wait for her there. Intrigued, he agrees, arriving in time to be among the first to discover the ultra-stiff stiff floating under the ice. Copious corpses to come, plus a near-miss for Cinq-Mars himself, before supercop rises to his poster-boy billing. As in his thrillerdebut, the pseudonymous Farrow (a "Canadian writer of literary fiction") proves he can make interesting scenes. It's the meandering in between that gets him in trouble.

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Random House Publishing Group
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1 ED
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6.37(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

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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.

Copyright 2001 by John Farrow

Meet the Author

John Farrow is a pseudonym for a highly respected Canadian writer of literary fiction. Ice Lake is his second thriller and his second book to be published in the United States. Farrow lives near Montreal.

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Ice Lake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.