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Publisher: Five Star First Edition
Release Date: September 2002
ISBN: 0786243090
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Mystery / Private Investigator
Reviewer: Dennis Collins
Reviewer Notes: Reviewer Dennis Collins is the author of The Unreal McCoy

A Killing Frost
A Ron Shade Novel
By Michael A. Black  

     Ron Shade is a former-cop-turned-private-investigator and part-time competitive kick-boxer. He runs a moderately successful investigation business in the Chicago area.

     His latest case starts out looking fairly simple: find a missing person. The object of Shade’s search is Carlos, an illegal alien from Central America. Carlos is somewhat of a political refugee, having been a chemist in his native El Salvador, but being an illegal in the United States he has to settle for a bottom-rung laborers position at a local warehouse.

     When Carlos turns up dead, floating in a canal, the investigation gets serious. Was Carlos too smart for his own good? Had he stumbled onto something that only an educated chemist would understand?

     Two Thousand and One – Space Oddities, the company where Carlos worked, seemed to be overly secretive and protective regarding their business. Were they hiding something?

     A Killing Frost is a well-written, fast-paced adventure with just the right amount of action and conflict, presented with realistic, gritty dialog. The characters are extremely vivid and memorable.

     Author Michael Black is a long-time Chicago area police sergeant. His experience as a SWAT team leader and raid team member help to add authenticity to his writing. A Killing Frost is Michael Black’s debut novel, and it’s a real winner.

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