Tuesday, 28 January 2020

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET: I IS FOR...... ICE, ICELAND, IZZO

Another trawl through the library ranks and we come up with......

I is for......

Ice

Ice is one of the later books in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. No. 36 published in 1983. The OCD in me tells me I ought to read the other 35 before tackling this one.






















Ingram Ice coats the streets where the rapist prowls. Ice spills from the pockets of a dead diamond dealer. Ice runs through the heart of a cold-blooded killer and that of the players in a multimillion dollar show-biz scam. And the deep chill of winter, it is the 87th Precinct who must brave the winds of death to save a city frozen with fear.


Ice Run is sixth book in the Alex McKnight series from author Steve Hamilton

























It is March in Paradise, Michigan, and for the first time since moving there, Alex is taking a hard look at his life, and realizing just how much he's been hiding from. This is what happens when a fifty year old solitary man finds love again, when he never thought he would. The woman is Natalie Reynaud, the officer from the Ontario Provincial Police whose partner was killed when he flew up to the remote outpost to find Alex and Vinnie (in the last book, BLOOD IS THE SKY). As far as the OPP are concerned, Natalie let her partner die, and she is on leave of absence while she decides what to do with the rest of her life. Alex and Natalie need a romantic break, and they spend the weekend in a hotel in Soo Michigan. But just as everything seems to be going wonderfully, they are disturbed by someone who knows all about Natalie, and about the previous generations of her family. An old blood feud is reignited, one that goes back more than forty years to a dark episode buried in her family's past events whose repercussions still drive men to kill each other. As much as Natalie doesn't want Alex to get involved, there's no way he can let her face this danger alone. This is a man who has been beaten up, shot at, and even dragged behind a snowmobile, all because he's a sucker for a friend in need. How much further would he go for love?

I is for Izzo

Deceased French author, Jean-Claude Izzo. Izzo had about half a dozen books to his name before his early death at the age of 54 in 2000.

Amongst these six was his Marseilles trilogy.... Total Chaos, Chourmo and Solea - all of which seem to have been published in English some time after his death.


























"Jean-Claude Izzo's . . . growing literary renown and huge sales are leading to a recognizable new trend in continental fiction: the rise of the sophisticated Mediterranean thriller. . . . Caught between pride and crime, racism and fraternity, tragedy and light, messy urbanization and generous beauty, the city for [detective Fabio Montale] is a Utopia, an ultimate port of call for exiles. There, he is torn between fatalism and revolt, despair and sensualism."-The Economist


This first installment in the legendary Marseilles Trilogy sees Fabio Montale turning his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and taking the fight against the mafia into his own hands.

I is for Iceland

I have a couple of Icelandic authors on my shelves - Arnaldur Indridason and Ragnar Jonasson

Jonasson I haven't read yet, Indridason I've enjoyed a couple from his Inspector Erlendur series, though its been a few years since I read anything from him. Either would be a good fit for an intended European Reading Challenge I started last year, but never actually got around to doing.

Indridason's The Draining Lake was enjoyed back in 2013




Arctic Chill is the 5th in his 11 book long series. I've a few gaps in my collection but it might not be a bad place to pick up with him again

On an icy January day the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy's Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. A teacher at the boy's school makes no secret of his anti-immigration stance; incidents are reported between Icelandic pupils and the disaffected children of incomers; and, to confuse matters further, a suspected paedophile has been spotted in the area. Meanwhile, the boy's murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.


Back next week to bore you with some J's


Previous entries

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - A IS FOR.... AX, ABBOTT, ABERDEEN

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - B IS FOR ....... BOSTON, BIRD, BONES

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - C IS FOR.........CAPE TOWN, CONFIDENCE MEN, CROSS

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - D IS FOR ....... DETROIT, DISHER, DEAD

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - E IS FOR ....... EDINBURGH, EXCESS, ELLIS

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - F IS FOR ....... FLORIDA, FRANCIS, FLOATERS

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - G IS FOR ....... GALWAY, GUNS, GRAFTON

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - H IS FOR ....... HAMBURG, HAMMETT, HIDDEN RIVER

12 comments:

  1. I think you would like Izzo's work, Col. I recommend it if you get the chance to try it. And I thought Ice Run was a solid read with a good sense of place and setting. As for the 87th Precinct series, I'll confess I've not read every entry. But it is an excellent series, I think, and I hope you get to it.

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    1. Cheers Margot. I've a lot to look forward to. Now where to begin....

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  2. what does it take to be a successful author ? I would say that initial reviews and marketing definitely boost your book. I used https://usabookreviewers.com/christmas-gift to get a few reviews and also promote my book. Hopping to be in the top 100 genre lists and see better sales this Christmas season…

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  3. Col – It is amazing how McBain could turn out so many 87th stories. I’ve read about Izzo, but have not read his work yet.

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    1. Elgin, there's way more than 50 in the series. I'd better get cracking!

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  4. Not so many authors beginning with I - well done for finding a way round that!I've never heard of Izzo, but of course Margot has....

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    1. Not too many agreed. I also could have mentioned Eugene Izzi who is an old favourite of mine!

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  5. Col, McBain is always on my reading list though I don't read his novels as often as I'd like. While I often spot Joseph Wambaugh's paperbacks at book sales, I have never picked up one till now. Perhaps, next time...

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    1. Prashant, Joseph Wambaugh is another author I've neglected for too long.

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  6. I am trying to read the 87th Precinct books in order but it is a long series. But I am sticking with that because I think I am not going to like the later ones as well as the early ones.

    I have read both of the Icelandic authors you have here, and liked them both, but I am more likely to continue with Jonasson.

    I read Total Chaos by Izzo and found it too gritty, but now I think I should continue the trilogy ... someday.

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    1. Tracy, that's my aim with the 87th books as well. We will have to see how that goes. I'm definitely looking forward to reading some more European and particularly Scandinavian fiction this year.

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