Cold (Paperback)

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Internationally acclaimed, Cold takes us deep into a harsh, frozen world, where love, greed, and the promise of a second chance compel six people toward a chilling and inevitable reckoning.
In the frozen reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, fierce winter storms hit without warning. The white opacity of one such blizzard allows Norman Haas to walk away from his prison work detail. Dangerously close to freezing to death, Norman is given shelter by Liesl Tiomenen, a middle-aged woman who lives in a house she and her late husband built in the woods. Armed with a rifle, she tries to turn him in, but when they set out on snowshoes, she suffers a fall, allowing him to flee again. Thus begins Norman’s journey back to his past, back to the woman he loved who betrayed him, back to the brother who helped put him away, back to a dangerous web of family allegiances, deceptions, and intrigue.
After finding Liesl injured and abandoned in the woods, Yellow Dog Township’s sole full-time law enforcement officer Del Maki pursues Norman through a storm of mythic proportions.

About the Author

John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, including Quarantine, The Schoolmaster’s Daughter, and Wolf’s Mouth. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Praise For…

“John Smolens is that rare and gifted writer who can capture both our exterior and interior worlds with equal dexterity, grace, and power.”
Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog

“Smolens’s skill in rendering scenes of stunning brutality and uncommon tenderness, his crisp dialogue, vigorous writing style and keen descriptive powers all make this a first-rate thriller.”
Publishers Weekly

“A mesmerizing danse macabre.”
The London Sunday Express

Cold is a finely crafted, wild yarn set in the great north. John Smolens gives us a suspenseful tale in a style somewhere between Jack London and Raymond Chandler. A fine read.
Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611862416
ISBN-10: 1611862418
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 331
Language: English
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