It never occurred to Phil Broker and Nina Pryce -- still recovering from their life-and-death struggle with a demented terrorist -- that a minor school-yard tussle could lead to this.
In the winter backlands of Glacier Falls, Minnesota, nobody knows a thing about the crucial roles Broker and Nina played months earlier in averting an act of terrorism. Nor does anyone know about the damage -- both physical and psychological -- that Nina, especially, suffered as a consequence. This is why they'd moved here in the first place: for anonymity, calm, and the restorative powers of a remote landscape. Also for the chance, maybe, to become a family again. Broker tells himself that if they just keep a low profile, stay out of trouble, and tend to their wounds, everything will work out fine.
But it doesn't take much to set off an avalanche, and one is triggered for them when a school-yard bully picks a fight with the wrong third-grade girl: Phil and Nina's daughter, Kit. She humiliates Teddy Klumpe, and so too Klumpe's parents, by giving him a bloody nose -- and thereby puts the Broker household in the crosshairs of a vengeful local clan notorious for violence and criminal behavior.
Suddenly little things start happening -- a flat tire, footprints in the snow, garbage spilled across the driveway. Did Broker leave the door unlocked? Or was somebody in the house when he and Kit were out cross-country skiing?
Broker copes as best as he can -- monitoring Nina's mood swings, running interference for Kit at school, and keeping a wary eye out for whoever's engaging in the small-time guerrilla warfare, which grows increasingly malevolent. When his daughter's kitten disappears, though, he begins to fear for his family's safety. But Glacier Falls' tiny police force is already stretched too thin, battling the scourge of methamphetamine that has extended even to this rural outpost.
That's when the ghosts of Broker's past begin reappearing -- question is, to haunt or to help? The good news is that Harry Griffin, whom Broker served with in Vietnam thirty years earlier, advises him on how to deal with the locals -- and so an old friendship is reaffirmed.
But the bad news is really, really bad. An ex-con named Gator Bodine (another Klumpe relative) discovers Broker's role, long ago, in an undercover drug sting that resulted in the death of a mobster's son. Seeking advantage in his own criminal endeavors, he gives Broker up to the mobster, who dispatches a hit man to confirm that Gator's info is accurate -- and, if it is, to exact vengeance on Broker and his family.
Critical Praise >P>"Taut, terrific storytelling, with a methamphetamine angle that gives the small-town showdown headline-like currency. " --Booklist
"Logan writes well, and his people grab hard." --Kirkus Reviews
"Terrific .... gives his bleak rural setting real menace ... Logan’s latest should easily cool numerous beachgoers with icy thrills." --Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Chuck Logan is the author of eight novels, including After the Rain, Vapor Trail, Absolute Zero, and The Big Law. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War who lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the fourth installment I've read in the Phil Broker /Nina Price series and they keep getting stronger. As with most good series, as you get to know more about the characters, the more invested you become. This series has joined some of my favorites like Harry Bosch, Elvis Cole, Dave Robichaux and Charlie Parker on my personal all star team.
It is really good. You should read
hope the movies faster then the book
Nina Pryce is on medical leave from the army after a military operation left her shoulder torn up. She and her husband Phil Broker, former cop and undercover agent, along with their young daughter Kit try to put their family back together following the strain of too many deployments. As they celebrate their first relaxed Christmas in four years, Nina plunges in a deep depression. Phil takes her up to a remote home in Glacier Falls, Minnesota to recover................... Kit gets into a fight with the schoolyard bully Teddy Clump and his father tries to beat up Broker who takes him down. Cassie Clump demands an apology and a new shirt for Teddy; she has her brother Gator break into the Pryce home where he finds out that Broker was the undercover agent who fingered JoJo for running drugs. He was killed in a shootout and his father has a contract out for the agent. Gator and his girlfriend willing to turn Broker over to a hit man in the hopes that will help them gain a piece of the biggest meth factory running. A showdown is looming and it is almost a certainly that blood will flow on the streets................. When it comes to action thrillers, Chuck Logan is one of the best writes on the market today. His strength lies in his ability to create characters readers like and even more so he crafts villains the audience loves to hate. HOMEFRONT is a dark, gritty and suspense laden work that is reminiscent of the works of Jack Higgins and Les Sandiford with protagonists worthy of their own series.................... Harriet Klausner