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Ice Cap: A Mystery (Jackie Swaitkowski Mysteries)by Chris Knopf
Synopses & Reviews
Crazy weather, crazy artists, organized crime, and digital wizardry all play a role in a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons.
Its the worst winter on record. Jackie Swaitkowski has made the transition from lackadaisical, pot-smoking real-estate lawyer to obsessive, pot-smoking criminal defense attorney. And now, not only are there blizzards to contend with, her nere-do-well client is headed for a first-degree murder rap.
The case pulls Jackie reluctantly back into her late husbands extended, and famously outrageous, family. Complicating matters is a handsome journalist whose interest in Jackie exceeds the professional. Ice Cap marks the return of Jackie Swaitkowski, outlandish lawyer to the rich and criminal, by award-winning author Chris Knopf, whos been praised by Publishers Weekly for his “hard-boiled dialogue worthy of Elmore Leonard or John D. MacDonald.”
"At the start of Knopf's breezy third Southampton mystery featuring defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski (after 2011's Bad Bird), client Franco Raffini summons Jackie during a winter storm to the house of Tad Buczek, a relative of hers by marriage, who's lying dead under a pergola. That Franco, previously convicted of manslaughter, admits he messed up the crime scene by moving the body only adds to Jackie's doubts about his innocence. When Franco is arrested and charged with second-degree murder, Jackie is determined to win the case against her client, despite threats from a couple of toughs for her to lose it. A familiar cast aids her, including boyfriend Harry Goodlander, Sam Acquillo (the star of Black Swan and four other mysteries), and computer geek Randall Dodge. A host of Polish relatives (by marriage) and Tad's imported wife, Katarzina, provide comedy and tragedy. Atrocious winter weather, Franco's aversion to telling all, and Tad's deep secrets keep the outcome in doubt. Whether Jackie or Sam takes the lead, Knopf's ensemble mysteries are good entertainment. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A new addition to Chris Knopf's fun, smartly-plotted series starring Jackie Swaitkowski, Hamptons lawyer to the rich and criminal
Its the middle of the worst winter on record in the Hamptons, and Jackie Swaitkowskis client, Franco Raffinni, is headed for a 1st degree murder rap. The case pulls her reluctantly back into her late-husbands extended, and partly nutty family, entangles her in intrigue both criminal and romantic, and challenges her basic principles of right and wrong. Crazy weather, crazy artists, the uniquely close-knit and colorful Polish-American community in the East End of Long Island, organized crime and digital wizardry all play a role in Ice Cap, a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons.
About the Author
CHRIS KNOPF is the author of Short Squeeze, Elysiana and the Sam Acquillo mystery series, including The Last Refuge, Two Time, Head Wounds (which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery), Hard Stop, and Black Swan. He lives with his wife, Mary, in Avon, Connecticut, and Southampton, New York.
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