Siler, Jenny.

ISBN 10: 0752832158 / ISBN 13: 9780752832159
Published by London: Orion, (2001.) dj, 2001
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's second novel, a thriller. After serving time in New Mexico, Megan returns to a desolate wintry Montana and gets a job repossessing cars. SIGNED on the title page. The UK printing preceded the US printing. 246 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 60905

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Title: ICED.

Publisher: London: Orion, (2001.) dj

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Jenny Siler has done it again with an intensely vivid and gripping crime thriller. After a stint in a New Mexico prison cell, Megan returns to desolate, wintry Montana and gets a job repossessing cars. But her latest assignment is not nearly as straightforward as it should be. The owner of the car has been stabbed to death, and the spiral of violence that began with his murder soon escalates.A gang of criminally minded Russian immigrants and a woman with a red dragon tattoo seem to have a pressing interest in the car or in something thats hidden inside it. And nothing and no one will stop them finding it...


In Meg Gardner, who's trying to put her life together after a string of small-time crimes and an 18-month stretch in prison, Jenny Siler has created another edgy, unsentimental heroine whose murky relationship with her father informs this gritty thriller just as it did for Allie Kerry, the protagonist of Easy Money, Siler's heralded debut novel. And Iced, set in the brilliant freezing glare of Montana in winter, is a worthy follow-up.

Meg's working her first legitimate job in years as a repo woman. Told to pick up former air force pilot Clay Bennett's Jeep, she's not exactly grief- stricken when she hears that Bennett's been killed in some kind of drunken exchange with a young Indian woman--it will make her job a lot easier. There's something familiar about the woman, Tina Red Deer, but until Bennett's Jeep is stolen from outside Meg's house and her life is threatened over a briefcase that was in his car, she doesn't make the connection between Bennett's supposed killer and her father's long-ago affair with a Native American woman that led him to abandon Meg and her mother. Even then, the connections are slow in coming. Meg has her hands full just trying to stay alive once it's clear that Bennett's briefcase seems to be missing some maps that a couple of very dangerous people will do anything to get--including kill the only man she's loved and trusted since her father deserted her.

The plot is less clear-cut than it might be, and Meg's connection with Tina Red Deer, while psychologically interesting, isn't successful from a novelistic point of view. Meg herself remains the center of the mystery; one senses that only a few of her many dimensions have been explored here, owing to the limitations of the plot. But there are flashes of sheer brilliance in the narrative and wonderful metaphorical descriptions of an unforgiving landscape:

Growing up, I loved the fire season, the perpetual dusk that hung over the valley, the extraterrestrial sunsets ... some afternoons, when lightning storms raked across the mountains, dozens of small fires smoldered in the thick cover of the evergreens. If I think of my life in terms of combustion, it's this kind of lightning fire that comes to mind. Not a flash immolation but a slow kindling, a red ember smoking for hours, even days, until it explodes in the dry underbrush and the forest bursts into fiery tongues. Though I can't pinpoint the instant when my life ignited, there are important moments I go back to again and again. Like the day almost 20 years ago when my mother shot my father.
Iced is a strong successor to an auspicious debut, one that will leave the reader longing for Siler's next. --Jane Adams

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