The Big Thaw
By Donald Harstad
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553583038, 416pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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A killer is placing his cross hairs over the American heartland....
The pair of frozen corpses were found under a tarp in the machine shed of an empty farmhouse. Two males -- brothers -- both killed by bullets from a Russian automatic fired at close range. The cops have a suspect: a man Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman busted five years earlier and the county's lead suspect in a series of recent robberies.
Houseman knows they have the wrong guy. He also knows they've got something bigger than a burglary gone bad ... especially when the FBI starts showing up in Maitland. The brutal double homicide is just the tip of the iceberg in a case where a killer's trail keeps disappearing like footprints in freshly fallen snow, and where one bad break can send a good cop into a deep freeze.
Donald Harstad is a twenty-six-year veteran of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department in northeastern Iowa, and the author of the acclaimed novels Eleven Days and Known Dead. A former deputy sheriff, Harstad lives with his wife, Mary, in Elkader, Iowa.
"Harstad punches all the paranoia buttons."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Compelling ... [with a] spectacular finale ... Harstad writes 'cop talk' that's not only believable but often (intentionally) funny."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Harstad gets better and better with each book."
-- Library Journal
"Escape the urban thriller to the heartland with Harstad, a real rising star."
-- Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
"Plenty of laughs, skewed violence, and marvelous takes on how weird Iowa winters can be -- in the third, and best, procedural featuring easygoing Nation County Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman, from a former Iowa deputy sheriff who knows the territory inside out."
-- Kirkus Reviews
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