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Snowball in hell : a Jonathan Dark detective mystery
Hopkins, Roland.
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Boston : Branden Pub. Co., [1999]

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230 pages ; 23 cm
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Snowball in Hell is a bold, breath-taking, and brutal first hard hitting thriller by Roland Hopkins. It is set in postwar Boston circa 1945. Join the film noire, white knuckle ride of raw, rough private eye, Johnny Dark as he discovers the seamy side of the rich and famous, how they treat life, sex and death. It taulty paced, gusty action will keep you awake as the Darkman follows his shady leads from seedy Scollay Square to earthy Province town and up to the winter vacation fun of the country's first classy ski resorts of Stow, Vermont. A fast paced, jovial read, this book is a gritty shocker that introduces the possibility of the world's most heinous murderer, Adolf Hitler, succeeding in performing an impossible hoax on the Allies, by escaping to the United States with his wife and hiding out with US government help. This absorbing, page turning thriller finds gumshow Dark losing one ally after another until he's faced with committing cold-blooded murder.

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Booklist Review

Here's a promising first novel from Boston journalist Hopkins. Johnny Dark, a Boston private eye, is hired by a beautiful woman to find her husband. But when Johnny discovers that his client's father may have been murdered, and that her brother seems to have disappeared, he realizes this is no simple missing-persons case. Hopkins plays a few variations on the theme by setting the action just after the end of World War II and giving a cameo appearance to one of history's most reviled villains. Although the author has a tendency to tell rather than show, he has a good feel for the postwar period, and he effectively captures the noir mood of the era. A good choice for fans of the Toby Peters series. --David Pitt

Library Journal Review

In 1945 Boston the war has ended, but business is not particularly good for Jonathan Dark, private eye, until a brewery heiress employs him to find her runaway husband. Dark locates the husband in Provincetown, learns of family treachery and Nazi connections, but cannot prevent the man's subsequent violent death. Hidden photographs and a confrontation with the not-so-truthful heiress result in a search for an escaped-to-America Hitler. For the most part, first novelist Hopkins uses standard plotting, but he dresses it in 1940s garb, patterned with cigarettes, booze, gambling, sex parties, rapid action, and spicy intrigue. Strongly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.