As a cop on the night shift in Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons drives drunks home and picks up the doughnuts. A former FBI agent, she left the Bureau when her husband died, and now she and her young daughter are back in upstate New York, living with her father, the town's retired chief of police.
When June discovers a young woman's body impaled on an ice shear in the frozen Mohawk River, news of the murder spreads fast; the dead girl was the daughter of a powerful local congresswoman, and her troubled youth kept the gossips busy.
Though June was born and raised in Hopewell Falls, the local police see her as an interloper--resentment that explodes in anger when the FBI arrive and deputize her to work on the murder investigation. But June may not find allies among the feds. The agent heading the case is someone from her past--someone she isn't sure she can trust.
As June digs deeper, her already tumultuous murder case turns red-hot when it leads to a notorious biker gang and a meth lab hidden in plain sight--and an unmistakable sign that the river murder won't be the last.
Kate M. says:
"This debut suspense novel has everything I look for in a genre story: Interesting characters whose roles feel familiar but whose depiction is particular and original, a dishy back story involving politics and crime, a fast-paced plot, a few twists I didn’t see coming—and at the heart of it a murder that pulls the characters into an increasingly complex mystery which resolves to a satisfying conclusion.
The murder in this case involves a “bad girl” congresswoman’s daughter who is found impaled on a spike of river ice in the dead of winter. The dishy back story involves a small town in Upstate New York where Albany politics and affluence clash with rural small town poverty. Add a biker gang, an influx of meth, and a widowed FBI agent turned small-town cop and you have the compelling particulars that hurtle you through an excellent icy beach read to occupy you during the simmering summer months."
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