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The Cold Truth

Stone, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0312199422 / ISBN 13: 9780312199425
Published by St. Martin's, 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Cold Truth

Publisher: St. Martin's

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Julian Palmer--a young, female, New York City police trainee--leaves the dirty sludge of a Manhattan winter for an internship in northern New York State. Her new boss-legendary Police Chief Winston "Bear" Edwards--has solved every murder case he's ever worked on...except one. On the eve of his retirement, Edwards is baffled by the brutal murder of a young girl. With no clues and no suspects, he's only got his instincts, a bizarre psychic, and Julian to rely on. As the case unravels and potential suspects surround her, Julian suddenly realizes that the small town's shimmering blankets of snow hide shocking secrets--and a killer with the coldest heart.

The Cold Truth is one of those rare novels that comes along every few years and redefines the genre. In a time where every new thriller seems to rely on gimmicks, high concepts, or out of this world scenarios, this is just a no nonsense, plain good read. Like A Simple Plan and The Silence of the Lambs, The Cold Truth relies on fresh, original characters and sharp, clean writing for a fast paced puzzle that will keep you guessing till the last page.


What's a smart, gorgeous, young female cop named Julian Palmer from the NYPD doing up to her nightstick in snow in the upstate New York town of Canaanville? Having a wonderful time, as it turns out. "There was something about that white blanket that captivated her.... It seemed like a way of forgetting. A way of softly covering everything up. Of starting anew," says Jonathan Stone in his impressively tricky first novel.

Julian, a cop with a sad secret, has applied for an Advanced Associates Internship, a program designed to drop police officers into totally different environments. She chooses Canaanville for its weather and the chance to work with its legendary police chief, Winston "Bear" Edwards, who has never let a local murder go unsolved for longer than two weeks.

But Julian arrives a month after the brutal stabbing death of a 21-year-old waitress, and Edwards is still seriously stumped. (He's also miffed that Julian turns out to be a woman in spite of her name, but he quickly gets over that.) The crotchety Edwards even agrees to let a psychic named Wayne Hill sniff around the case, and the exceedingly strange but ultimately sympathetic Hill actually comes up with a couple of clues. But Jonathan Stone has more on his mind than debunking or defending psychics. He has set himself a daredevil challenge--walking a tightrope over yawning chasms of possible disbelief and disaster with the skill of a master. The Cold Truth is the kind of book that keeps making you say, "Oh, no--he's not going to try that!" Then he tries it, pulls it off, and goes on to make you say it again. --Dick Adler

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