Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Blitz for DARK ICE by Dave Stanton
While skiing deep in Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, private detective Dan Reno finds the first naked body, buried under fresh snow. Reno’s contacted by the grieving father who wants to know who murdered his daughter and why?
How did the body end up in such a remote, mountainous location? The questions become murkier when a second body is found. Is there a serial killer stalking promiscuous young women in South Lake Tahoe? Or are the murders linked to a different criminal agenda?
Searching for answers, Reno is accosted by a gang of racist bikers with a score to settle. He also must deal with his pal, Cody Gibbons, who the police consider a suspect. The clues lead to the owner of a strip club and a womanizing police captain, but is either the killer?
The bikers up the ante, but are unaware that Cody Gibbons has Reno’s back at any cost. Meanwhile, the police won’t tolerate Reno’s continued involvement in the case. But Reno knows he’s getting close. And the most critical clue comes from the last person he’d suspect.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When private detective Dan Reno decides he wants to escape the woes of the world, he really does go off grid to do it. Not satisfied with the newly snow-covered slopes of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, he has to go one further to where no-one else has dared to go. That is apart from the murderer who had killed a young woman and buried her in the snow, with presumably the intention of her not to be found until after winter and the big thaw. That was of course before Reno literally stumbles onto her.
Now this is really tragic but nothing new to Reno in his line of work. But when things take a turn for the worse and involve his best bud Cody he really must step in. Oh and of course with a pretty decent cash incentive from the father of the dead girl in the snow, that helps too. Looks like Reno and sidekick Cody are going to ruffle some people’s feathers and cause a little pain to get to the bottom of who this potential serial killer is.
I just love this twosome that seem to get away with far more than they should but it does make real fast, furious and compelling reading. There is humour, brawls and super sleuth unpredictable can’t believe they just did that investigating. After saying that, getting justice done and the bad guys gone, one way or another, is their prime aim. There are some real close calls for Reno in this story but it is all about pulling the chaff from the wheat to see a clearer picture of what is really going on.
This is now book four in the series, although book two for me. Each can be read as a stand alone but I must admit that it was nice to come into the story knowing some of the characters already. I really enjoyed all of the shock waves as it come together at the end. Cracking entertainment!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.
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