By David Lyons
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, Hardcover, 9781451629293, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
In this explosive debut thriller, a judge from the Louisiana bayou goes up against a company on the verge of causing an ecological disaster.
Cajun-born Jock Boucher has overcome modest beginnings to assume the prestigious position of U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. One of his first cases on the bench involves a scientist who has been hiding in mortal fear for more than twenty years. The fugitive claims that another judge accepted bribes and helped a relentless global energy company steal his intellectual property: a way to recover energy from below the subsea bed that could end America's dependence on foreign oil.
Boucher takes on the company and its powerful founder, risking not only his judicial career but his life. He follows a trail of cryptic clues to the bottom of the ocean, and soon finds himself the target of killers and too far from the law to ever return.
Packed with suspense, science, politics, and murder, this fast-paced, riveting thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats. Ice Fire is the first in a series offered by this authentic new talent.
“Grisham fans will enjoy.”
“Introducing Jock Boucher, black Cajun federal district judge, who may be young and recently appointed but isn't afraid of ruffling feathers in his hometown of New Orleans. . .An auspicious beginning for a mystery series featuring one of the most agreeably easygoing heroes on this side of the Atlantic.”
“From David Lyons comes Ice Fire, a novel with almost clairvoyant timing, a fascinating plot and complex characters. It hits with style and power like the judge's hammer coming down at the end of a case.”
-Graham Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Eden Prophecy
“David Lyons brings a fresh eye and sure hand to the thriller genre with his debut novel, Ice Fire. Mixing science, corruption, and good ol'-fashioned murder into his plot, Lyons casts a colorful Cajun federal judge as a likable, unconventional hero in a story with environmental and political overtones. A nice bit of local Bayou color completes this promising debut. Look for more from Lyons—and hopefully his action-oriented justice, Jock Boucher—in the future.”
-Jim DeFelice, New York Times bestselling author of American Sniper and The Helios Conspiracy
“Ice Fire is a fun, fast read. United States District Judge Jock Boucher is an unusual action hero, the plot about deep sea mining is original and the post Katrina, New Orleans setting is exotic. I look forward to reading Jock Boucher's next adventure.”
-Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder
“There’s action, budding romance, a bit of dry humor, and a plunge into New Orleans/Cajun culture. High society to Zydeco icehouse bars, Lyons covers the gambit. This should be a series worth following.”
“David Lyons delivers a perfect blend of technology, plot, and character in a suspenseful and rewarding story that kept me wanting more. I look forward to more stories from this exciting new talent.”
“There's a new advocate on the John Grisham legal thriller circuit with the introduction by ex-lawyer David Lyons of Jock Boucher, an unconventional law-bending Louisiana District judge. Jock exposes murder, intellectual property theft and the corporate corruption that threatens ecological disaster.”
-Brian Freemantle, author of Red Star Rising
“Ice Fire is a thriller based upon the real life issues of renewable energy, natural resource protection, and ensuring our future as a species on this planet. It’s also a stellar debut novel that paints a picture of the beauty and tragedy of New Orleans, even as it leaves the reader breathless.”
“The plot centers on a substance (real) found in the Gulf, with potential to provide energy in enormous quantities. A very exciting first novel.”