Michael Joseph, August 2006
Reviewed by Sally Roddom
After a late start, winter finally arrives in Minneapolis, and the snow
carnival is in full swing. Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and
Gino Rolseth are roped into representing their department at a
snowman-building contest in a local park. By the middle of the day the
park is full of snowmen and excited children, but the children's
excitement turns to screams and tears when first one, then a second
snowman is found to contain dead bodies. Police move in to destroy all the
snowmen in the park as they hunt for any more possible bodies, which
traumatises the children even more. The next day a third snowman is found
in nearby Dundas County, where rookie sheriff Iris Rikker is in charge.
Fearing that Rikker's inexperience will hamper the investigation, Magozzi
and Rolseth head north in a huge blizzard to hunt for clues and see if
there are any links to the Minneapolis Snowmen.
The Monkeewrench team take a backseat in this novel, but the part they
play in helping track down who did what and why is crucial. Once again the
Tracy women have produced an incredible story, fast paced, with plenty of
suspense and enough humour to take the sting out of a delicate and
disturbing subject. While the previous book, DEAD RUN, was an out-and-out
thriller, SNOW BLIND is a police procedural. The plot unfolds bit by bit
as the investigation continues, and the twists and turns keep you from
figuring it out before the end. Ethical and moral questions are raised,
questions that are battled with everyday by law enforcement men and women.
New character Iris Rikker is a wonderful mix of strong law enforcer and
vulnerable newbie. I hope we get to see more of her. I read this book in a
day, staying up to the early hours of the morning to do so. At the risk of
repeating myself, as I've said this about all of the P.J. Tracy books - do
yourself a favour and read them.
Aug 2006 review originally published on Murder & Mayhem
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