"Engrossing serial killer tale"
Micky Ascherfeld was only sixteen years old when she saw
her parents gunned down in their store. Years later, as an
as an adult she still is traumatized by that event.
Although she managed to pass the police exam and is part of
the Houston Police Department, none of her peers knows that
she is still suffering from her ordeal. Only her partner
and lover knows and a psychopath kills him before her eyes.
After her injuries heal Micky visits her friend in the
small isolated Alaskan town of McRay. It is such a
peaceful community that Micky stays, selling the stained
glass work she makes so she will have income to support
herself. Just as she is gaining recognition in the art
world, one of the residents, El Hoskins, a psychopathic
serial killer snaps and starts killing the residents one by
one, doing unthinkable things to their dead bodies. Micky
becomes aware of what he is doing and along with sixteen-
year-old Dawn Glorianus, whose mother is the second victim,
is determined to survive and stop him.
There is a lot of gratuitous and graphic violence in COLD
HEART but if one has the stomach for it, readers will find
it an engrossing reading experience. Both Dawn and Micky
gain reader empathy for their determination to live despite
the killing machine that is after them. El is one of the
most terrifying villains since Hannibal Lechter.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 2, 2002