A Cold Christmas

A Cold Christmas

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
When the mutilated body of a furnace repair man is found in Caley James' basement, Police Chief Susan Wren begins to investigate the brutal murder and discovers that the victim had a dark past that he was trying to hide.

McMillan Palgrave
Brodie Farrell finds things for a living, and when she's asked to locate the whereabouts of Daniel Hood, she sees nothing suspicious in the request. She finds the young man, passes the details on to her client, and commends herself on a job well done. But when the young man is found brutally tortured and left for dead, Brodie is overcome with guilt.

Still blaming herself when Daniel asks for help, Brodie finds it impossible to do the sensible thing and walk away. He needs to understand what happened: Until the attack, he'd never known an enemy in the world. The men who hurt him were looking for someone named Sophie, and Daniel knows no one by that name.

Finding the authors of Daniel's misfortune, in the end, resolves nothing. It only leads them both into a deeper, more complex tragedy than either imagined possible...

Blackwell North Amer
Caley James has three children, no money, a derelict house, an irresponsible ex-husband, and the flu. Not only that, but it's Christmas. When the furnace dies during Hampstead, Kansas', longest cold spell ever, she thinks things can't get any worse, but then her youngest child finds the repairman's body in the basement.
The case falls to Chief of Police Susan Wren, whose officers are dropping like flies with the omnipresent flu. As Susan investigates, she learns that the victim, Tim Holiday, had only been in town for three months and no one knows much about him. It is clear from the damage to the victim's face that the killer wanted him unrecognizable, but then Susan discovers that Holiday himself wanted to keep his identity a secret. Just who was Tim Holiday and why was he killed in Caley's basement?
The story rises to a dramatic climax after Caley's oldest son, Zach, stumbles across his father giving a package to another man and becomes determined to uncover the truth.

& Taylor

When the mutilated body of a furnace repair man is found in Caley James's basement, Police Chief Susan Wren must put her holiday plans on hold, and as she begins to investigate the brutal murder, she discovers that the victim had a dark past that he was trying to hide.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312269319
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 22 cm.


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