Second volume in the series, following Gone to Dust.
Private detective Nils Shapiro is back! Now he's teamed up with his friend Ellegaard in their own detective agency, he's broken off with his mothering ex-wife and has a new girlfriend, and he's living in a remodeled coat factory in Minneapolis.
When two teenage girls – Holly and Linnea – go missing the night before the state hockey finals, Shapiro is hired by Linnea's entrepreneur father to find her, only to get shot at the scene of Holly's death – by a razor-tipped arrow!
This is a strongly plotted detective novel, in a distinctly Minnesota setting of a small town, a big city, borders, sex and hockey. This is a dark story with a dark ending, yet told with a light and often humorous touch. There's also a large cast of interesting characters and their relationships.
Due to subject matter involving murder, drugs and sex, I would not recommend this for younger readers.
Can you wargame it? Well, there is a brawl at a hockey game. There's also an interesting scene pitting armed investigators against a hidden archer.
I liked the first novel, and I like this one even more.
Reviewed by Editor in Chief Bill .