The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: THE GIRL IN THE ICE by Robert Bryndza
Not a debut novel, but the mystery debut, and first of a series, THE GIRL IN THE ICE introduces us to an unusual protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster [her return appearance will be "The Night Stalker," upcoming in 2016]. DCI Foster is, at the risk of triteness, a "lone wolf." In some ways she is somewhat comparable to DI Kim Stone of Angela Marsons' series: both are empowered women in jobs for two centuries considered the province of men; both are "loners," live alone, don't socialize; are incredibly self-determined to the extent of flying in the face of authority. Both have strong, efficient, intuition. They are not alike nor derivative, though.
The mystery here is complex and strongly founded in abnormal psychology. The author excellently does not telegraph the villain' s identity, instead offering readers several possibilities (not red herrings, but.actual contenders). I recommend THE GIRL IN THE ICE and anticipate further encounters with the intrepid and nearly fearless DCI Erika Foster.
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