Tess Gerritsen just stepped into our territory out here in the western U.S. with her latest Rizzoli & Isles thriller, Ice Cold. It's set in Wyoming, and deals with a cult, a subject we're all too familiar with in the west. Ice Cold is even more chilling because of the familiarity of the subject. Then, Gerritsen takes it one stop closer, and makes it personal, as Dr. Maura Isles becomes a victim.
Maura wasn't happy with her personal life when she attended a medical conference in Wyoming. So, it didn't take her long to agree to follow up the conference with a short vacation with an old college classmate and his friends. That impulsive trip into the mountains ended in tragedy when a snowstorm and an accident left them stranded in a deserted town. Why would food be left on the tables, cars in the garages? Although the isolated town of Kingdom Come provided shelter, it didn't provide comfort to the travelers. And, when an accident severely injures one of the group, and Maura's friend doesn't return when he goes for help, it's up to Maura to seek assistance, braving Wyoming's winter.
Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli didn't take the first hint of Maura's disappearance seriously. But, follow-up conversations and a trip to Wyoming lead to the announcement that Maura's body was found, burned beyond recognition. A grieving Jane is shocked at a second announcement that takes her back to Wyoming, into an investigation into the secrets behind Kingdom Come.
That summary won't spoil Ice Cold, since I don't want to ruin the book. There's nothing more revealing than the book jacket of the book relates. This latest Rizzoli & Isles thriller does exactly what a bestselling thriller should, makes the reader turn pages rapidly, worried about one character, hoping for a positive resolution. But, is there ever a positive resolution when cults and murder are involved? Ice Cold is the kind of intense, riveting story readers have grown to expect from Tess Gerritsen.
Note: TNT's new series, Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles premiers tonight. Here's a clip about the show, http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?oid=56565&eref=sharethisUrl
And, Tess Gerritsen will be my guest blogger this Thursday, discussing libraries.
Tess Gerritsen's website is www.TessGerritsen.com
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine Books, ©2010. ISBN 9780345515483 (hardcover), 314p.
FTC Full Disclosure - Gerritsen's publicist send me the book in conjunction with her guest blog.