The Coldest Blood

The Coldest Blood

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
With his own wife, Laura, slowly emerging from years in a coma, uncertain that she really wants to keep on living, small-town journalist Philip Dryden is confronted by a series of deaths among people who are freezing to death in the Arctic temperatures, deaths that may not be so accidental and that may be tied to an enigmatic mystery from his own past. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A man lies hidden in an abandoned boat. Stifling his own screams, he draws a knife across his arm, letting the blood flow free. Soon he'll be dead - and life can begin again.

Three decades later, small-town newspaper reporter Philip Dryden is experiencing a cold, bitter Christmas on the Fens. Dryden's wife, Laura, is emerging from years in a coma, unsure if she wants to go on living. Meanwhile, people are freezing to death, among them Declan McIlroy, a 39 year old loner found dead in his flat with the windows thrown open. The police rule the death a suicide, but Dryden has his doubts - especially when he finds the body of Declan's best friend Joe frozen within a shell of ice on the doorstep of his secluded farmhouse.

At the same time, Dryden is investigating allegations of abuse laid against a Catholic orphanage - a touchy subject, due to his own Catholic upbringing. The incidents seem unrelated until Dryden discovers that Declan was one of the victims. Could his death have been part of a cover-up?

Soon, Dryden is picking his way along a disturbing trail of cruelty and betrayal to a brilliantly executed crime, and to a chilling, half-remembered mystery from his own childhood.


Blackwell North Amer
A man lies hidden in an abandoned boat. Stifling his own screams, he draws a knife across his arm, letting the blood flow free. Soon he'll be dead - and life can begin again.
Three decades later, small-town newspaper reporter Philip Dryden is experiencing a cold, bitter Christmas on the Cambridgeshire Fens. Dryden's wife, Laura, is emerging from years in a coma, unsure if she wants to go on living. Meanwhile, people are freezing to death, among them Declan McIlroy, a thirty-nine-year-old loner found dead in his flat with the windows thrown open. The police rule the death a suicide, but Dryden has his doubts - especially when he finds the body of Declan's best friend Joe frozen within a shell of ice on the doorstep of his secluded farmhouse.
At the same time, Dryden is investigating allegations of abuse laid against a Catholic orphanage - a touchy subject, due to his own Catholic upbringing. The incidents seem unrelated until Dryden discovers that Declan was one of the victims. Could his death have been part of a cover-up?
Soon, Dryden is picking his way along a disturbing trail of cruelty and betrayal to a brilliantly executed crime, and to a chilling, half-remembered mystery from his own childhood.

Baker
& Taylor

With his wife slowly emerging from years in a coma, journalist Philip Dryden is confronted by a series of deaths among people who are freezing to death in the Arctic temperatures, deaths that may not be accidental.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed
ISBN: 9780312364786
0312364784
Branch Call Number: Mystery Kel
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm

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