14 Degrees Below Zero: A Novel of Psychological Suspense by Quinton Skinner

By Quinton Skinner


Fourteen levels less than zero–cold sufficient to freeze the soul.

Lewis Ingraham is chilly. He’s misplaced his spouse to melanoma, his govt profession, his as soon as convinced grip at the global round him. All that he can carry directly to is his appealing daughter Jay, a super scholar who has develop into a suffering unmarried mom. yet he sees that even Jay is commencing to slip clear of him, in desire of Stephen, her self-important boyfriend. This time Lewis goes to struggle back.

But while Lewis takes out his fury on Stephen, he ignites a sequence response of violence. Now wintry weather is bearing down on Minnesota. hope, guilt, and rage are swirling within the snow. And a heinous crime is ready to steer 3 humans down a steep and unforgiving slope–into a realm of chilly, not easy truth.

Set in a chillingly barren milieu and invoking comparisons to Donald Westlake’s bestselling vintage The Ax, 14 levels under Zero is a beautiful, provocative, and totally unforgettable event in mental suspense and American noir–fashioned from the warmth of standard lives.

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We just rented it a few months ago. Scratchy DVD, froze up a few times. Drives me frickin’ nuts when that happens. Gotta go Blu-ray and soon. ” Jessica thought, Daughter? Could this be the legendary Rose? “I didn’t know you had a daughter, Hell,” she said, probing. Hell beamed. In a flash, he had out his wallet, flipped open to a photograph of an adorable little blond girl sitting on a park bench, hugging the hell out of a black Labrador puppy. Crushing the puppy was more like it. Maybe the kid worked out with her dad.

Qxp 7/2/08 2:21 PM Page 36 36 R I C H A R D M O N TA N A R I In situations like this, Jessica was always careful to use the word we. She recalled her days in uniform, and how that word—uttered by some ancient detective of thirty or so, usually over some incredibly brutal scene of urban carnage—meant catching the bad guys was a joint effort. It mattered. For a moment, Officer Maria Caruso looked nervous. ” Jessica asked. “No, ma’am. ” “We are,” Jessica said. ” “Quite well, ma’am. ” Jessica just nodded.

She had one table, one chair, one bed, one dresser, no paintings or posters on the walls. Although she had a job, a duty, a litany of responsibilities to other people, she sometimes felt like a nomad, a woman unfettered by the shackles of urban life. Exhibit Number One: in the kitchen, four boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that expired two years earlier. Every time she opened the cupboard she was reminded that she was relocating with food she would never eat. In the shower she thought about her session with the shrink.

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