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Dead of Winter

July 17, 2016 - 11:53 pm No Comments

Dead of Winter

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Gerri Brightwell
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Page Count: 239
Release date: 2016
Reviewed by Chris Amies

Mike Fisher is a slob. An overweight, down-on-his-luck cab driver in one
of the coldest places on Earth. All he really cares about is his teenage
daughter whom he rarely sees. So when he receives a message from her
that her step-dad is acting strangely – and then she vanishes – he,
reluctantly, is stirred into action and sets off to find her. He and his
‘permanently lost’ friend Grisby, in his taxi with a cartoon bear on the
door, in the depth of the Alaskan winter.

Which of course is when things start going really bad. Starting with a
visit to Breehan’s stepfather’s house, which they could have told
themselves was a bad idea but you have to start somewhere.

This novel moves along nicely and does give you a feel for being in such
a cold place – Gerri Brightwell has lived there for some years, having
moved there from the UK she has actually found somewhere even colder
than the UK to go and live in. Part of the reason it read so easily for
me was that it is told in the present tense, although third person. It
reminded me of the novels of Carl Hiaasen — although Hiaasen’s novels
are all set in Florida, where you most definitely do not freeze to death
if you lock yourself out. It does however cover matters of interest in
the present day United States such as militias (or would-be militias
based around a core belief in being too cheap to pay your taxes). There
are sufficient shenanigans and turns in the plot to keep the reader well
interested.

It was a good read.