Review

Iced

by Jenny Siler

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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 burns into fiery
tongues.
One
year out of prison and haunted by a family scandal, Meg Gardner is
working her first legitimate job repossessing cars for GMAC. When
Meg hears about Clay Bennett's death, she thinks her job just got
easier. After all, how hard can it be to repossess a dead man's
car? Getting the Jeep is easy; living to turn it over is
another.
The
Missoula police believe Bennett's death is an open and shut case.
Meg quickly finds out differently when the Jeep is broken into
while parked outside her home the first night she has it --- and it
doesn't stop there.
A
large, tattooed, knife-wielding woman orders Meg to find "it" or
lose what Meg has worked so hard to have --- her lover, her home,
and her life. Meg has no choice; a clean and simple life isn't in
the cards for her. Two factions want what Clay Bennett had. Meg has
to find out what it is, where it is...and to stay at least one step
ahead of both sides.
ICED
is edgy, fast-paced suspense, laced with stark violence,
hard-bitten insights, and bone-chilling descriptions of the bitter
Montana winter cold. Time slips by as you become engrossed in the
story, driven to turn page after page, following Meg until the end
of the trail.
Meg's an enigma, a combination of a typical and atypical
heroine: typical in that she wants and tries to rise above her
past; atypical in how she goes about it. She wants a simple life
--- a home, cigarettes, coffee, beer, and when she needs it, a good
gun. I couldn't feel wholly sympathetic or unsympathetic toward
her, and I get the feeling that's the way it's supposed to be. Meg
doesn't go out of her way to win people over, nor does she want to
win over everyone; she's just allowing this one glimpse.
ICED
is the second novel from Jenny Siler, who made her debut with the
acclaimed EASY MONEY. Darwin, the cross-dressing Diva from EASY
MONEY, makes an all-too brief appearance in this tale. Siler
further develops her distinctive voice in ICED, combining harsh
reality, beautiful prose, hard-edged protagonists, and an eclectic
cast of secondary characters. Gritty and gripping, I found ICED
hard to put down and look forward to more from this talented
author.
 

Reviewed by on January 22, 2011

Iced
by Jenny Siler

  • Publication Date: January 11, 2001
  • Genres: Fiction, Thriller
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • ISBN-10: 0805064389
  • ISBN-13: 9780805064384