City of Ice

City of Ice

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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Montreal has been damaged by political uncertainty over separatism, and violent turf wars leave the police force struggling to keep the city safe. Even Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars appears to have been compromised. How has he managed to penetrate Montreal's criminal elite? Who are his informants? And who is the young female operative he seems so desperate to save from the clutches of the mob?
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9781443402996
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Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jan 06, 2017

City of Ice: a serious, well-layered police procedural playing out in a menacing, trust no one, atmosphere. Vibrantly etched, distinctive characters populating a tense plot. Having spent a considerable amount of time in and around Montreal, I can state unequivocally that familiarity with both the street-level geography (recognizing street names/locales) as well as the architectural morphology of the various neighborhoods (especially downtown) on the part of the reader would add immeasurably to visualizing and appreciating what transpires, thus enhancing the richness of the storyline. For myself the book transformed into a mental video.
Note: Jacques Cinq-Mars, on which the lead character Emile Cinq-Mars is based, passed away recently at the age of 96. An excellent, full-page obituary/'I Remember' of the Montreal police officer was published in the Globe and Mail on 1 DEC 2016, and may be found on line; adds insightful perspective to the novel.

Nov 16, 2015

Don't know how I missed this story before - captures many aspects of Montreal so vividly.
Well written, the prose flows easily, each character voice is clear.

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