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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dead of Winter: A Karl Kane Novel by Sam Millar | LibraryThing

If you like noir, you’ll love this book.

Karl Kane, P.I. in the mold of Sam Spade, wakes up one morning only to discover a hand (minus a finger that a local cat was making off with.)  He calls the police and figures that’s the end of it until his secretary and bedmate, the gorgeous (of course) Naomi mentions there’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.  Apparently there had been another hand found belonging to someone else.  An abattoir plays a prominent role in the story.

Soon Kane is up to his eyeballs in a complex tale of vengeance and police corruption that had begun during the Troubles with the arson killing of three children. It’s set in Belfast just after the peace accords when many grudges have yet to be settled.

Solid story.  Not sure what happened to the $20,000 though.

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