Red Snow

Red Snow

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by Michael Slade
Someone is bushwhacking athletes preparing for the Winter Olympics.

Soon, a winter whiteout and a madman’s gang of mercenaries cut Whistler Mountain off from the rest of the world.

Bent on a bloody vendetta, Mephisto sets his sights on Chief Superintendent DeClercq. His plan includes assassinating those closest to the Mountie. And that's


Someone is bushwhacking athletes preparing for the Winter Olympics.

Soon, a winter whiteout and a madman’s gang of mercenaries cut Whistler Mountain off from the rest of the world.

Bent on a bloody vendetta, Mephisto sets his sights on Chief Superintendent DeClercq. His plan includes assassinating those closest to the Mountie. And that's just the start of his doomsday scheme.

To stop the megalomaniac, Special X psycho-hunters (and the reader) must solve two whodunits, two howdunits, two locked room puzzles, and a dying message.

Let the games begin!

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"Just in time to scare the liver out of people heading for the Olympics. This one is guaranteed to keep you awake with the lights burning." - The Globe and Mail

"A cracking good detective story. Slade gives shock horror a chilling new dimension. I'll never look at the Winter Olympics in quite the same way!” - Anne Perry (the Pitt and Monk series)

"Faster! Higher! Stronger! Gorier! Red Snow imagines an Olympics where the gold, silver, and bronze are spattered with bright red blood. A high-proof antidote to Olympics hype." - CTV Olympics

"Slade's books are blood-chilling, spine-tingling, gut-wrenching, stomach-churning, and a much closer look at the inside of a maniac's brain than most people would find comfortable - but always riveting." - Diana Gabaldon (the Outlander series)

"Hot read! If you like gore and action, then this novel delivers." - Montreal Gazette

"Crisply-written, sly and exciting. Slade is a writer who clearly knows how to tell a story and make it real. A warning: it's not for the squeamish, or for those who suffer from chionophobia (the fear of snow, red or otherwise)." - Robert McCammon (the Matthew Corbett series)

"In the annals of dark fiction, Canada can claim one true champion in Michael Slade. Red Snow’s plot yanks you compulsively toward its solution, and the shocks make you jerk back in fright." - Toronto Star

"Red Snow is Slade in top form with his trademarked relentless pacing and one of the most ingenious and unsettling murder weapons ever imagined." - F. Paul Wilson (the Repairman Jack series)

"Red Snow takes Olympics security fears to the bloody max, and leaves readers wondering if the Games can go on." - Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Victoria Times Colonist, Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"Another Slade Slam-dunk! His genius lies in being able to scare readers to death by injecting psychotic nightmares into humdrum, everyday reality." - Jack Whyte (the Camulod Chronicles)

"Ian Fleming-esque in its narrative drive. Mephisto makes Hannibal Lecter look like a dime store hoodlum." - Fangoria

"A great villain. Mephisto is the kind of homicidal maniac you can't take your eyes off. With good twists, the writing is tight and compelling." - Winnipeg Free Press

"If it bleeds, it leads. The title says it all. Slade's gory mayhem imagines every worst-case scenario Olympics Security could possibly face." - The Vancouver Sun

"What evil lurks in those packed Olympics hotels? Michael Slade has a few ideas. He won't be winning any gold medal of appreciation in this Olympics year - or, perhaps, any in the next decade." - National Post

"If you've got the stomach for the strong stuff, Red Snow gets the job done." - Calgary Herald

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Meet the Author

Criminal lawyer Michael Slade has acted in over a hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity, and argued the last hanging appeal in the Supreme Court.

Slade was guest of honor at both the World Horror Convention in 2001 and the Bloody Words Crime Convention in 2011. He teaches “How to Write a Mystery Thriller” at Simon Fraser University.

Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. Reader’s Digest says: “The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure.”

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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
A quaint British Columbia village, Whistler, that is hosting the Olympic trials before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver is the setting for Michael Slade’s thriller “Red Snow.”   It is part of his Special X series on the Canadian Royal Mounted Police and while it does have characters that are in Slade’s other books of the series, this reads fine as a stand-alone and the reader does not have to read the other books in order to gain an understanding of the story or characters. A narcissistic, psychotic killer known as Mesphisto has a diabolical plot that would ultimately wipe out 90% of the world’s population.  He chooses this setting and time for two reasons. One is that because security around the Vancouver Games would be focused on the Games themselves, he would be better able to launch his plan.   The second is more personal, because the chief of the Special X division of the RCMP, Robert DeClerque, along with a few other people can indentify Mesphisto and they must be eliminated before the plan can be done.   There is not a lot of description about the sport of skiing or snowboarding, although a couple of the murders do take place on the slopes.  The book opens with the murder of a snowboarder while on the course, and another one takes place in a chair lift.  I felt this book would still be appropriate for inclusion on this site as it is a sporting event in which the story is set and some of the action takes place there.   There won’t be any descriptions of the sport.   However, many of the chapters do begin with a historical or geographical reference that is important in helping to set the mood or context of the events to take place in that chapter. All of the usual aspects of a murder mystery or thriller are in this story: revenge, murder (this story does have a high body count), sex, character development, personal reflection on “what if” or “what will happen if” and a wide variety of both villains and protagonists.   I thought it was an entertaining read, although at times I felt that there were too many characters, historical references and murders to tie everything together that I got confused.  But by the end of the story, it all came together which is what a good story should do. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good but gave me nightmares, especially after watching people literally bleed on the snow at the l Olympics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining not quite as gory as some of the previous books in the series but still not for the faint of heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago