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Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

On a frozen lake near the US-Canadian border, he wrestles with a decision that could change his life forever, as his hatred threatens to turn him into the kind of person he has spent a career bringing to justice.

©2017 Allen Eskens (P)2017 Tantor

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"Eskens infuses the old this-time-it's-personal trope with raw urgency, righteous indignation, and enough scorching action to melt every trace of the Minnesota snow in his finest hour to date." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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SUSPENSEFUL AND RIVETING

This book left me exhausted, but it was an intriguing read from the very first page until the last word. I have been anxiously waiting for this book , as I’ve read all the prior books by this author and wanted to find out what happened to Max Rupert’s wife. I highly recommend reading the previous books in the order they were written so as to fully appreciate this character and his actions in this latest novel. I had no idea how the story would end and definitely did not anticipate the conclusion. This author is brilliant in how he keeps the reader guessing as to if a character is what they seem to be or if they end up being a villain, a victim or maybe even a combination. There are no easy answers or storybook conclusions , but definitely a satisfying experience. This book will stay with me for a long time and I eagerly wait for the next novel by Allen Eskens. The narrator, R. C. Bray, did an excellent job, and changed his voice/ accent to perfectly match the characters.

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Ugh

I have really enjoyed the first 3 books in this series - but this one was a huge disappointment for me. I found myself just wanting it over with. Don't know if there will be another book or not, but this just didn't do it for me.

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Great Novel

Eskens does not fail to deliver. Great continuation of the guise of another. One more drop of blood and we do all the work.

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  • RickyF
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  • 10-10-17

Excellent Eskens Novel, but brutal

Allen Eskens continues to demonstrate his command of writing. This book is superb. Best of the four books he has published.

Reader beware: this book is brutal. It is not for the faint of heart.

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Great story

I really enjoyed the story as it played out. Love Minnesota mysteries and this is as good as a Sandford novel

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Wow!

This book was a BIG surprise. Purchased based on summary and reviews. It was the right decision.
Great writing and well developed main character, you get pulled into his story and feel his desperation.
Narration was also excellent.
Highly recommend.

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Max is back!

I really enjoyed the next installment in Eskens' series...please don't make us wait so long for the next one!
it's nice to find a great series that takes place in 'flyover land' and very nice to be able to read an author who knew the real legal world of criminal defense (Eskens has a J.D.).There are twists and turns to keep a reader guessing and Max is an easy character to care about.

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Loved it!

Can't wait to see what's next for Max, Nicki, and Ana! This was a great next book!

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  • Simon
  • 10-04-17

Rupert the Wolf!

When RC Bray is narrating a book you know that it at least isn't going to sound dull. When the man himself describes a book as one of the best thrillers he has read then that's more than enough to make me sit up and take note!

And this does not disappoint at all, it really does live up to that kind of billing. Unbeknownst to me when I chose it, this is a continuation of an existing story from previous books. Max Rupert, an experienced homicide detective is haunted by his wife's death and seeks to discover the truth behind it. It genuinely worked for me as a stand-alone but I would imagine that reading the previous books would flesh out the characters and add to the enjoyment.

It's a short, sharp and fast-paced thriller. From the brooding, dark and very cold opening it moves on at considerable speed, never dragging. In fact maybe some of Rupert's discoveries may come to him just a little easily. That aside though it's high quality writing and we're treated to a classic dual timeline albeit covering only three days in total.

It's a novel of discovery and revenge, well worthy of a strong recommendation!

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