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Cold Day in Hell (Fritz Malone #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  148 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In the stew and dazzle of New York City, savvy, irreverent Fritz Malone–who Susan Isaacs called “the perfect balance of noir P.I. and decent guy”–is embroiled in a string of grisly murders that drags him behind the lurid headlines into the tangled affairs of some the city’s most beautiful people and their ugly truths.

When two women linked with charismatic late-night TV per
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Random House
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COLD DAY IN HELL (Priv. Invest.-Fritz Malone—NYC-Cont) - Poor
Hawke, Richard – 2nd in series
Random House, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:
First Sentence: On the last day of her life, she took a yoga class.
*** Private Investigator Fritz Malone becomes involved in a case where late-night television host, Marshall Fox, has been accused of serial rape. When additional corpses, with the same M.O., show up while Fox is in jail, it raises the possibility of either a mistrial or a copy-cat killer.
*** Mr. Hawke
Jan 01, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it
Having read all five of Tim Cockey’s earlier “Hearse” novels, about a wise-cracking mortician who doubles as an amateur sleuth, we have turned to the author’s obviously more serious mystery/thrillers written as Richard Hawke. The first, “Speak of the Devil”, introduced private detective Fritz Malone, a likable and resourceful fellow, who eventually solves a quite complicated set of crimes. In “Cold Day”, Malone is looking into the death of a neighbor girl he barely knew which seems connected to ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Fans of wise cracking, hard men with hearts of gold style Private Investigators are going to be very pleased to catch up with Fritz Malone in Richard Hawke's second book COLD DAY IN HELL.

Set in New York, COLD DAY IN HELL opens up with famous late-night TV star, Marshall Fox on trial for two grisly murders. Fritz Malone could care less about the trial, but when one of Fox's former lovers is murdered in her apartment using a signature piece from the first two murders, Malone gets interested. First
Jun 02, 2015 Ed rated it liked it
#2 in the Fritz Malone series.

Fritz Malone, PI and bastard son of former NYC Police Commissioner, wants to find out who killed Robin Burrell, the neighbor of his lover and the ex-lover of the host of a nighttime talk show. The network star is currently on trial for the similar killings of two women he was associated with. Disjointed flashbacks and point of view shifts to that of a lesbian NYPD detective interrupt the narrative flow.
Apr 15, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
I read Speak of the Devil last week - the first book I've read by this author. I was very impressed and immediately downloaded this one. This one was much less interesting to me. The writer's style was not as smooth, the dialogue was not as crisp and interesting, and the plot was harder to follow. Still, this book is a good read.
May 11, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok
A big disappointment. This was the second book in the Fritz Malone series. Hawke should have stayed with Malone but he chose to bring in one too many characters for my reading enjoyment. I don't care for the jumping from the past to the present without a heads up. From the dead to the when they were alive..The only good scenes were between Fritz and Jigs and they were few and far between.
Laurie Stoll
Apr 16, 2016 Laurie Stoll rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I had a very difficult time getting interested in this story. It took MANY pages to finally get my attention. Once Cold Day in Hell got my attention I was able to finish the book, that's about all I can say.
Mar 07, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it
This is Richard Hawke’s second novel (previously Speak of the Devil) starring NY based P.I. Fritz Malone. Hawke drops us right into the middle of a murder trial. Marshal Fox is a rags to riches story, a wilderness guide in South Dakota spotted by TV producer Alan Lomax and brought back to New York to star in his own late night talk show. Fox is charming, good looking and a complete sensation on late night televeison. Then two women end up dead. One his recently fired producer who was carrying hi ...more
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Jun 18, 2016 Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum marked it as to-read
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Nov 06, 2008 Kathy rated it liked it
I think I found this book by browsing through my "read" list, seeing this author and wondering if he had another book. A quick search and, voila, he did.

Good mystery book about a late-night TV show host accused of serial killing. While the guy's on trial (and locked up), two more people are killed in the same gruesome way. Is he innocent or is there a copycat?

Good characters, interesting plot turns and a not very obvious (which is how I like it) ending. I read most of this on planes and airport
Kurt Young
Mar 24, 2011 Kurt Young rated it liked it
2nd Fritz Malone book isn't quite as strong as the first. Time passes for some characters, in order to advance the plot, but seems to stand still for the world. Ambitious story, and not unenjoyable, but sloppy. The revelation of the killer is particularly unsatisfying: One clue is presented to the reader and then 30 pages later it's all laid out. Sloppy.

Great characters, and a wonderful narrator's voice.
Nov 15, 2009 Lora rated it really liked it
I read this book in fits and starts, so that may have alterted my enjoyment somewhat. I have enjoyed the Tim Cockey series more. I may try the other book as may be more in the "mood" when I read that one. THis book lacks the humorous parts that I remember from the other series and the other characters are not as enjoyable either. It did have an interesting story line with an unexpected ending.
Jun 11, 2014 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
P.I. Fritz Malone works with the NYPD to find a serial killer. The chief suspect is a wildly popular late night TV host because the victims are women who had brief flings with him. Except the murders continue when the TV host is behind bars. Copycat or wrong suspect? Good characters; good mystery. Will read more Fritz Malone.
Nov 27, 2010 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what to say. It was just okay. I really felt it jumped to much. I got lost a few times and had to go back. After Fritz was stab and hurt, the story took a big turn and you lost him. Then Fritz returned. A lot of twists and turns.
Jan 06, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
I doubt I will be going down this author's road again. The components of the story are not new and you can see them in any number of mystery novels and procedural tv crime shows. To employ the author's phrase, "It's life made inconsequential".
Terry Price
Jul 31, 2013 Terry Price rated it liked it
Nice cops vs. killers piece with some twists. Easy to read, but sometimes a little hard to follow if you read it in several sessions and don't have the greatest memory.
May 26, 2013 Gabrielle rated it did not like it
Not much to say about this book just other than the fact that it was boring, drawn out and just plain not a good read.
Oct 27, 2008 Rogers rated it liked it
Good read. I have liked all his lighthearted Tim Cockey 'Hearse' efforts, and this was a real step up!
Feb 21, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
moves along, Hawke is good escape. Love the Noir aspects
Jan 13, 2011 MzDivaDawn rated it it was ok
This one wasn't as good as the first one
Feb 11, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
too predictable
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