Ice Shear

Ice Shear

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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A small town cop's murder investigation turns deadly when she uncovers a web of politics and drugs linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang in this gripping debut suspense novel for fans of Winter's Bone, Frozen River, Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy.

As a cop on the night shift in Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons drives drunks home and picks up the donuts. A former FBI agent, she ditched the Bureau when her husband died, and now she and her young daughter are back in upstate New York, living with her father, the town's retired chief of police.

When June discovers a young woman's body impaled on an ice shear in the frozen Mohawk River, news of the murder spreads fast; the dead girl was the daughter of a powerful local Congresswoman, and her troubled youth kept the gossips busy.

Though June was born and raised in Hopewell Falls, the local police see her as an interloper--resentment that explodes in anger when the FBI arrive and deputize her to work on the murder investigation. But June may not find allies among the Feds. The agent heading the case is someone from her past--someone she isn't sure she can trust.

As June digs deeper, an already fraught case turns red-hot when it leads to a notorious biker gang and a meth lab hidden in plain sight--and an unmistakable sign that the river murder won't be the last.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062300706
Characteristics: 304 pages


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athompson10 Nov 16, 2015

Good outing for a first novel. The lead character June Lyons is well-drawn and interesting. The murder(s) and mystery were a little too complicated, and I don't think the author wrapped up all the loose ends (things were unexplained/glossed over and NOT in the "the sequel's coming!" way).

LisaDeLange Sep 09, 2014

Smart and funny, and believably observant about all around her, June Lyons is the type of person you want on your side, and even to share a beer with! M.P. Cooley has written a complicated mystery that leaves you thinking about the characters and the choices they made well after finishing the book. Easy reading, satisfying ending!

ChristchurchLib Sep 07, 2014

"Once an F.B.I. agent with a promising career, June Lyons left it all behind to care for her dying husband in tiny Hopewell Falls, New York. Her regular routine -- drowning her grief in booze after the night shift with the town's police force -- comes to an abrupt end when she discovers the body of a young woman impaled on an ice shear in the frozen Mohawk River. The girl turns out to be the daughter of a prominent local politician -- and connected to a notorious biker gang. By the time the F.B.I. gets involved, it's clear that this murder won't be the last. With a "strong, fast-paced narrative" (Publishers Weekly) propelling the story, this debut marries a small-town setting to big-time crime." Thrillers and Suspense September 2014 newsletter

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