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The Big Thaw

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The Big Thaw

By Donald Harstad

Bantam, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553583038, 416pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2001

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.

About the Author
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.

Praise For The Big Thaw

"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

Also by Donald Harstad:

Eleven Days
Known Dead

And look for the new Carl Houseman novel from Donald Harstad coming from Doubleday in hardcover in January 2002