Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tom Piccirilli's The Cold Spot
The perfect choice for a determined effort to read good books while ignoring Twitter, Facebook, and all those e-mails, The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli delivers. First of all, I love mysteries, and it doesn't matter whether they're noir or cozy, police procedural or amateur sleuth. It's only natural I'd put mysteries high on my read-a-thon list.
I already gave you the first sentence of this novel (check yesterday's blog if you missed it), so let me jump straight into the teaser:
Chase is just a teenager when he witnesses his grandfather kill a member of his string (a gang but with members unworthy of loyalty) for an unforgivable misstep during a fairly routine heist. Chase can't stomach the killing, so he leaves his job as getaway driver-in-training and heads out on his own. The problem is, Chase has a bit of a heart and doesn't often search out his cold spot, the internal place he needs to go to commit violence without screwing up. Unlike Jonah, who perpetually lives in his own cold spot, Chase is capable of compassion and love. He does fall in love--with Lila, a deputy sheriff with a tough spirit, a deep passion for her man, and a strong commitment to the law according to Lila. What happens after they marry, and why Chase needs Jonah's help, is the story I didn't want to put down until I finished.
The Cold Spot is not quite as dark as I expected (due to my knowledge of some of Piccirilli's earlier books) and it qualifies as a top-notch mystery. Don't go there if you prefer Miss Marple cozies or gentle plots with no violence, but if you enjoy tough heroes and brutal low-life villains, I highly recommend The Cold Spot.
And the best news of all, Chase is back in the newest Tom Piccirilli release, The Coldest Mile.
And now I'm on to Sandi Ault's second Jamaica Wild (and her wolf, Mountain) mystery, Wild Inferno. I won't be reporting on this read right away, but will still leave you with Sandi's great first sentence: "In his last conscious moment, the burning man spoke three words."
Here we go!