A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of
reporter Britt Montero forever. The encounter is at Miami's
morgue, where the unidentified stranger lies dead. His
unusual old scars capture her curiosity-the dead man
clearly had a tale to tell. This thief, who was
accidentally electrocuted, may be the key that unlocks the
long-sought secrets of a sensational cold murder mystery
unsolved for more than fourteen years.
Sunny and Ricky, teenagers on a Christmas Eve first date,
were abducted, a shocking crime that was never solved
despite a gigantic manhunt, a huge reward, and an outraged
community. Frustrated police called the lack of leads
eerie. Unnatural. Against all the laws of homicide and
human nature. Now Britt wants the story, and she isn't the
only one seeking answers.
Sunny survived, the lone witness to that terrible night so
long ago. But the reclusive Ice Maiden, now an artist and
sculptor estranged from her wealthy family, is not talking
and the killer's trail vanished long ago, like footprints
in melting snow.
Cold Case Squad Sargeant Craig Burch wants the killer. But
as the Miami News reporter and the veteran homicide cop
investigate the old outrage, they learn that sometimes the
cost of justice is too high.
When you start to turn over rocks, something ugly sometimes
slithers out. Monstrous evil from the past emerges to
overtake a whole new generation of innocent victims as
deadly passions are reawakened and mortal fears resurface.
For Burch, whose elite unit breathes new life into cold
murder cases, the investigation strikes too close to home,
reigniting his own private obsessions. And Britt, in the
wake of national tragedy, is haunted, both awake and
asleep, by the persistent ghost of a doomed, lost girl,
perhaps a warning of a new tragedy to come. Britt meets the
Ice Maiden, nearly freezes to death, and then the trail
heats up as the sins of the fathers begin to strike down
the innocent. A stone-cold killer out of her past is
stalking the Ice Maiden again. Nothing is what it seems.
And the inferno is yet to come....
Edna Buchanan, a born storyteller, combines her trademark
wit, grit, and tension in The Ice Maiden, a narrative alive
with Miami's blistering heat and high-octane atmosphere.