Two murdered girls, and no motive…
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? And how could 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.
Set in winter time, this is yet another chilling read in the Dan Reno crime series. Even though the story starts off at Christmas time, there is certainly nothing festive about this read!
The settings for these books are really great. You really get drawn into the story and could easily visual the snowy mountains and surrounding areas. It’s so unlike city living that in a way you kind of yearn to be with the characters.
Cody I felt really sorry for in this book. He is so unlucky in love but then if he went for more than looks, his relationships may last longer but then where would the fun in that be? It’s quite a sombre time for Cody and like Dan, I just wanted to get to the bottom of the murders in the hope of seeing Cody back to his usual cheeky self.
You know things are going to get serious when bikers are involved. I was literally on the edge of my seat seeing how things were going to unfold with these bad boys and as usual the author doesn’t disappoint.
Dark Ice is a dark and gripping read that I didn’t want to put down. I think because Cody is under suspicion it adds a lot more tension to the story and I have to say I loved how the author ended this one leaving me with a huge grin on my face.
My thanks to Bloodhouns Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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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.