The Big Thaw – published May 01, 2001

From Publishers WeeklyThe Big Thaw

The pair of frozen corpses were found under a tarp in the machine shed of an empty farmhouse. Two males — brothers — both killed by bullets from a Russian automatic fired at close range. The cops have a suspect: a man Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman busted five years earlier and the county’s lead suspect in a series of recent robberies.

Houseman knows they have the wrong guy. He also knows they’ve got something bigger than a burglary gone bad … especially when the FBI starts showing up in Maitland. The brutal double homicide is just the tip of the iceberg in a case where a killer’s trail keeps disappearing like footprints in freshly fallen snow, and where one bad break can send a good cop into a deep freeze.

Anthony Award nominee Harstad (Eleven Days and Known Dead) makes a third foray to the town of Nation County, Iowa, in this compelling police procedural.

(Aug.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In the last several years, the police procedural, once dominated by Americans, has seen a number of good British authors take over the field. Now America has come back with Harstad, a former deputy sheriff and a truly great storyteller. In this third novel about Nation County, IA, Carl Houseman is joined once again by Hester Gorse, a state detective, and Special Agent George Pollard of the FBI to solve the murders of two burglars on a farm whose owner is vacationing in Florida. The owner has militia leanings and contacts with people who are very dangerous. Harstad sets up the story beautifully, with intense suspense, an intriguing investigation that has all the authentic trappings, and a believable cast of police personnel. He gets better and better with each book. For every library collecting in this genre.

DJo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

It’s fascinating to follow Harstad’s hero-narrator, Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman of Nation County, Iowa, through a crime scene. Houseman proceeds with absolute confidence, making the slightest depression in the carpeting intriguing, treating the reader to insights gleaned from physical evidence that only a firsthand authority can render. That authority is Harstad himself, who spent 26 years as a deputy sheriff in northeastern Iowa before turning to crime fiction. ¬†Harstad is one of the most reliable and riveting police-procedural writers in the business.

Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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