Today I am honoured to be helping to kick off the Blog Blitz for DARK ICE by Dave Stanton and I would like to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the invitation.
Dark Ice by Dave Stanton
While skiing deep in Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, private detective Dan Reno finds the first naked body, buried under fresh snow. Reno’s contacted by the grieving father who wants to know who murdered his daughter and why?
How did the body end up in such a remote, mountainous location? The questions become murkier when a second body is found. Is there a serial killer stalking promiscuous young women in South Lake Tahoe? Or are the murders linked to a different criminal agenda?
Searching for answers, Reno is accosted by a gang of racist bikers with a score to settle. He also must deal with his pal, Cody Gibbons, who the police consider a suspect. The clues lead to the owner of a strip club and a womanizing police captain, but is either the killer?
The bikers up the ante, but are unaware that Cody Gibbons has Reno’s back at any cost. Meanwhile, the police won’t tolerate Reno’s continued involvement in the case. But Reno knows he’s getting close. And the most critical clue comes from the last person he’d suspect.
This is Book 4 in the Dan Reno series but the books do work very well as stand alone.
I was looking forward to this new outing with Dan and Cody I find the pair really interesting reading. Humour and a ‘no shit’ attitude makes for very good reading.
The story begins when Dan comes across a dead, naked woman while skiing off-piste. The chances of him getting caught up with her in such a remote spot were very unlikely especially given the heavy snow that Lake Tahoe is experiencing at the time. At first it is thought that the killer assumed the body wouldn’t be found but then Cody’s latest arm candy is also found murdered and it appears they have a serial killer on the loose.
With the police making no progress Dan is hired by the father of the first victim to find the murderer.
Not many clues and without access to the crime databases Dan has to resort to calling in favours from Marcus Grier. When it is revealed that Galini had sex with both victims shortly before their deaths Dan and the police are in a race to put the pieces together and uncover the killer.
These books are very descriptive and while it is nice to envisage the scenery and the people it is a bit too much for me and that lost it some marks.
The characters continue to gain depth and I love the way Candi is worked in to the fabric of the book.
A very good read.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.