The Big Thaw by Donald Harstad

By Donald Harstad

A killer is putting his move hairs over the yankee heartland....

The pair of frozen corpses have been came across less than a tarp within the computing device shed of an empty farmhouse. men -- brothers -- either killed by means of bullets from a Russian automated fired at shut diversity. The police officers have a suspect: a guy Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman busted 5 years past and the county's lead suspect in a chain of modern robberies.

Houseman is aware they've got the inaccurate man. He additionally understands they have whatever larger than a housebreaking long gone undesirable ... specially whilst the FBI begins exhibiting up in Maitland. The brutal double murder is simply the top of the iceberg in a case the place a killer's path retains disappearing like footprints in freshly fallen snow, and the place one undesirable holiday can ship a very good cop right into a deep freeze.

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Like I been trying to tell you," began Lamar, patiently, "one of my officers had a reason to come here, and look for somebody. " Cletus cut him off. "What happened? " Lamar went white, and I suspect I did, too. Cletus was referring to an incident about five miles from his house, where Lamar had gotten shot and Civil Deputy Bud had been killed, attempting to serve a notice on a farmer and his wife. Our people had not been, of course, trespassing. The outrageousness of the statement had Lamar temporarily speechless.

We just wanted to let you know that we were done with the tracks," I said. I watched him eye Sam. Cletus was one of those who had no time for the DNR, especially their Fish and Game officers. " "No point in being sarcastic, Cletus," I said. " He looked at me with cold, unblinking eyes, and it was very much apparent that he didn't believe a word I was saying. "Right," he said. " "Well," I said, "I don't think…" "We aren't allowed to discuss a current investigation," interrupted Art, quickly. " I had been about to say that they hadn't had a chance to take anything, but Art was right.

Just like a frozen supermarket turkey," he said. He stood. "Was there any reason they might have, oh, maybe sweat a bit before they were killed? That we'd know of at this point…" "They were supposed to have walked in from over the hill," I said, letting go of the body, and watching it roll stiffly back to its original position. Just like a log, I thought. With the arms just like stiff, broken branches. " "Good. " "They sure aren't dressed for snowmobiling, even in the twenties, are they," said Lamar, making a firm point.

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