reeceremi, May 16, 2007 (view all comments by reeceremi)
This book was awesome and very exciting. Couldn't put it down and there has to be a next one. Loved the whole CSI input, hope Hannah continues her search.
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Janet Schmidt, March 21, 2007 (view all comments by Janet Schmidt)
A Wicked Snow is one of the best suspense novels I have ever read. Gregg Olsen has written a wonderful book that quickly draws you in and doesn't let you go until the very end. This is an up all night page turner that I finished in one sitting. His background in True Crime makes the book ring true - it could have happened. This element adds to the enjoyment of this book. Mr. Olsen is a master of the craft of writing and I look forward to his next novel.
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Jean Howser, March 19, 2007 (view all comments by Jean Howser)
A WICKED SNOW – an exciting and mesmerizing tale, a top-notch thriller with a tightly-woven plot that keeps the reader spellbound. It reads like a true crime novel, the people and the story seeming so incredibly real. Gregg Olsen is a gifted artist of words, an exciting story-teller. This is a “can’t-put-it-down” riveting thriller from beginning to end. Olsen is a master of true-crime sagas, and now with his first novel he has become a master novelist. I’m hoping Hannah Logan, CSI, reappears in his next novel. Overall it’s a “thumbs up” must-read book!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In his first novel, true crime writer Olsen (The Deep Dark) brings complex mystery and crackling authenticity to bear on a cold case police procedural. Hannah Griffin has spent most of her life trying to forget the notorious Christmas Eve house fire that claimed her family and turned up almost two dozen other bodies buried in their yard; though the case remained unsolved, Hannah's mother became, posthumously, the de facto prime suspect. Twenty years later, Hannah's a happily married mother of one, a crime scene investigator for Santa Louisa, Calif., and a lifetime away from her traumatic Oregon childhood — until a series of mysterious events indicates that her mother may still be alive. Hannah reopens the case, as well as old wounds, after enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Jeff Bauer, the still-haunted chief officer from the original investigation. Thanks to Olsen's true-crime work, the case's particulars — both grisly and mundane — all carry genuine weight, though his characters can be cloying: Hannah's neuroses occasionally seem more dingbat than damaged, and Agent Bauer's tough-but-tender act is a familiar one. That said, Olsen's flashback narrative shines with lurid, carefully distributed details, and if it ultimately overshadows the present-day plot, his bizarre, many-layered mystery will keep fans of crime fiction hooked." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this debut thriller, a New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books and a recognized expert on female killers introduces Hannah Griffin, a young criminal investigator who is also the daughter of a notorious female serial killer. Original.
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