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A killing frost
Black, Michael A., 1949-
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Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2002.
Physical Description:
271 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"A Ron Shade novel"--Cover.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Black's novel rings with the authenticity of an author who is also a full-time Chicago-area policeman. His hero, Ron Shade, is a former cop who got kicked off the force and is also a champion kickboxer. As the story opens, Shade is approaching 30 and dealing with the departure of his girlfriend and the death of his beloved Chevy. He has replaced the latter with a brand-new Camaro Z-28, and a potential love interest soon arrives in the form of his old friend Maria Castro. She brings Ron a new client: Juanita, whose fiance, Carlos, has disappeared. As Ron tries to help, he embarks on an exciting new relationship with Maria. Then Carlos is found dead, and Ron zeroes in on his workplace. Unlike Sara Paretsky, who uses Chicago as a major character in her V. I. Warshawski series, Black relegates the city to a backdrop. Still, his strong character development and ability to build suspense will hook readers' interest--and leave them eager for the next installment in what promises to be an engaging series. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Police officer and short story writer Michael A. Black likewise brings authenticity to A Killing Frost: A Ron Shade Novel. A search for a missing fianc, who turns up floating dead in a canal, leads Chicago PI Ron Shade into far more trouble than he bargained for in this assured debut in the classic hard-boiled tradition, which boasts blurbs from Sara Paretsky and Andrew Vachss. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This intriguing first mystery by a police officer features Ron Shade, a Chicago-area tough-guy P.I. and martial arts aficionado. Looking for Carlos, an illegal immigrant gone missing, Ron hears conflicting stories from his shifty-eyed bosses and the other illegal immigrants with whom Carlos toils at dangerous tasks. The scene predictably shifts to murder, complicating Ron's employment, training for a kick-boxing match, and romantic agendas. Black's steadily engaging narrative and frequent action make this essential for fans of hard-boiled detective fiction. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.