Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dead of Winter by P.J. Parrish

I decided to read Dead of Winter by P.J. Parrish for several different reasons, one of them being because the book is set in Michigan and I always enjoy reading books set in my home state. The other reason why I decided to read it is for the name... it seems like I am stick in the dead of winter and that not spring is never going to arrive. We had a beautiful day on Friday, only to be followed by crappy, cold, and rainy weather and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 20s. Anyways, I have a couple of Mr. Parrish's books and decided it is time to start tackling some of these authors that I have a ton of their books. This was a good book and a fast read, and I give it a B.

From Amazon:
P.J. Parrish's stunning debut novel Dark of the Moon offered a stylish blend of suspense, knife-edge tension, and a complex and intriguing hero. Now, in "Dead of Winter", Parrish brings back police detective Louis Kincaid, as he investigates a series of gruesome murders...and is drawn into the nightmare mind of a killer. In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Michigan, a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed beside each corpse -- the signature of a psychopath. And the only sound louder than doors and windows being locked against evil is the sound of hearts beating in terror. Detective Louis Kincaid had come north looking for a refuge, a place to forget the horrors of his past. But now he's landed in the middle of an investigation that's more than a mystery. It's a warning of bad things to come...of a terrifying journey through a town's fiercely protected heart of darkness...and into the dangerous world of a madman.

At times, the book's main character Louis Kincaid irritated me a little, but the book really redeemed itself in the end. The book is set in the early 1980s and I thought that it may bother me a bit, but it really didn't. It was refreshing to see a case solved with some old fashioned police work without a bunch of forensics once in awhile. The suspense was done well in the end and there were a few curveballs thrown at me that had me surprised. The author does a great job of keeping the reader turning the pages and that is always a great thing. The book also has short chapters, which I think is perfect for me because sometimes I only have a few minutes to sneak in some pages here and there between my breaks at work and I hate leaving off in the middle of a chapter. I will be reading more Louis Kincaid books, as I am very curious to see where future books take him, though I hope he stays in Michigan.

Up next is a Mary Higgins Clark book titled Where Are You Now. Ms. Clark's books are always a quick, pleasant read and right now I am so busy that it just seems like a perfect fit. I am not feeling too well right now, as I just stopped taking some medicine that I have been on for about 2 years and I think I am having some side effects. I am sure I am not making too much sense and feel like I am rambling quite a bit, so I am going to sign off right now with a Happy Reading!


Literary Feline said...

I haven't read anything by P.J. Parrish, but I've seen the name come up a few times. This sounds like a good one. I like reading mysteries set in the 80's. Detective work was just a bit harder back then than it is now, wasn't it?

Kristie said...

It certainly was. Sometimes, if the book is too dated then it throws me off, but this book wasn't. There was one computer mentioned in the book, but it was funny because only one person knew how to use it and it didn't solve everything for everyone.