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Dead of Winter (Louis Kincaid #2)

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Available for the first time in eBook! Read the thriller that launched the award-winning New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid series.

In the quaint tourist town of Loon Lake, Mich., a killer is taking his vengeance. One by one, the bodies of cops are found, brutally executed, with mysteriously coded death cards placed with each corpse – the gruesome signature of a psych
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Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published January 7th 2012 by OUR NOIR PUBLISHING (first published January 1st 2001)
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Brenda
Apr 17, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it
Louis Kincaid is hired by the Chief of Police in Loon Lake, Michigan, to fill a vacant position caused by the murder of a cop. If I'd had that job interview, I wouldn't have taken the job. The Chief tends to talk in riddles and uses stories to convey messages. He's also a hardass. There are only eight other officers on the force.

Louis's co-workers are eccentric. Ollie believes in magical gems, horoscopes, and readings. Dale is a neat freak and controls the evidence room and all files. Jesse has
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Scott Rhee
Aug 01, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the second P.J. Parrish novel in the Louis Kincaid series, “Dead of Winter”, Kincaid has just been hired on as a police detective for a small-town police department. He is hoping that the tourist town of Loon Lake, Michigan will provide him with the relative peace and quiet he needs after his harrowing, near-death experience in Mississippi, as described in the first book, “Dark of the Moon”. As a young black police officer, he thinks a change of scenery to the North will help ...more
Loretta Gibson
Feb 24, 2017 Loretta Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parrish
Kincaid may have come to Loon Lake looking for a job and to forget his time in Mississippi, but this picture perfect little village has something sinister going on. We know right away that there is a ruthless, coldblooded killer on the prowl, but finding out who that killer is and if Louis will survive the investigation is not so clear.

I have come to the conclusion that Louis does not play well with others. He is smart but sometime not smart enough to keep his mouth shut. All said and done Loui
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Bibliophile
Broody young cop makes life difficult for himself in snowy small town Michigan. All his co-workers are deranged (except for Florence the receptionist, who is happy with her novels), which seemed odd. The fact that someone is killing them may have something to do with it, but still. This appears to be the second installment in a series, and if Louis finds a healthier workplace, I may give him a second chance.
Joanne
Apr 13, 2015 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just started reading this author series of Louis Kincaid ,and like it.
The stories take place in Michigan small towns.
It's crime /detective , easy read.
I will read all of them. It's nice when one finds a new author to like and read.
James
Nov 07, 2016 James rated it really liked it
A real who done it

I enjoyed this book but it took a long time to get into it. I never thought it would come out like it did. Very clever story.
Sheila
Jan 27, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This was my first read by these authors and I really liked it. I will be seeking out more by these 2 sisters.
Carol Gronli
Jan 01, 2017 Carol Gronli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second read on this book. I have it in my database and under notes I had written, "Excellent book!". It was still excellent second go round and now I'm onto the rest of the series. Yes, I have all of them on my Kindle. The only problem is #1 is not in Kindle format but it doesn't matter because these women are actually awesome writers! I truly recommend these books.
Douglas Cook
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It was just a dull thud, a sound that drifted down to him as he lay in the deepest fathoms of his sleep. He struggled up to the surface and opened his eyes with a start. Darkness, and then, emerging from the shadows, a bulky form and a glint of light. He let out a breath. Just the oak bureau and his badge lying on top. The sound had probably come from his dream, and the thought made him relax back into the pillows. But his ears remained alert for foreign sounds amid all the famil
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Gerry
Oct 25, 2009 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone really
Shelves: to-re-read
This book is out of style to my normal reading, but increasingly I am trying something new. From the very beginning I found this to be a compelling read and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, there were times I wanted to say to the 'hero' - Louis - that I had seen something at least a chapter ago and why was he being slow BUT it didn't detract from my enjoyment. We got to the obligatory love scene and I wondered why he bothered - for the publisher? - but later it takes on more significance.

If I coldly
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Pat
Oct 10, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. Louis Kincaid moves to Loon Lake to the small town police department to take the place of another officer (Pryce) who was recently gunned down. He is investigating the Pryce murder when another, recently retired, officer is found dead. It now looks like someone is targeting cops.

Kincaid is walking a tightrope between a partner given to fits of rage and a really strange police chief he can't quite figure out. As things hot up Kincaid feels increasingly that the Chief is out
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Sherrill Watson
Sep 07, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be just another mystery -- but I was wrong!
The second book in the Kincaid series, written by a women! Yaaa!

Louis Washington Kincaid got the job at Loon Lake, a tiny town in Minnesota, with an eight-man police force, in the snowy wintertime, from Brian Gibraltar. He is paired with Jesse Harrison, a slightly prejudiced not-too-bright policeman.(?) I had to re-read to page 40, not realizing this was a somewhat complicated book. There are several auxiliary characters, Zoe
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Michael
A Super mystery with lots Snow. Can't beat that!

My long time friend gave this book to read. He knew that I enjoy a good mystery and according to his view this book was just a super read. When I finished the book I was a bit sad that the main character Detective Louis Kincaid had left me. I'll just have to read more of P.J. Parrish's books to find out what he has been up to. I thought that the author kept all different scenarios that were taking place in a logical order and that made the read a
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Sophie
Feb 03, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it
I've read others in the Louis Kincaid unfulfilled and melancholic cop series and I mostly liked them. This is an older one, perhaps even the first in the series and I mostly liked this one too. But I have finally figured something out. Louis Kimcaid is really complicated and goes way out of his way to make his own life more difficult than it needs to be. Sometimes he just needs to get out of his own way and he might find moments of joy in his life. The novels, ostensibly mysteries and/or police ...more
Jeff
Feb 11, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diana Hockley
May 08, 2015 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Louis Kincaid is a thoroughly engaging hero, one for whom I felt concern from the first moment I "met" him.

The plot begins with a bang and escalates from there. Kincaid is bewildered by the personalities he meets when he joins a small town police force in Michigan after a problem at his last job in Mississipi. The police chief, Gibraltar is - quite frankly - a weirdo as is Jesse, Luis partner in the force. The mysterious Zoe, who comes on to Louis and with whom he has a fleeting relationship, ha
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paige sisserman
Jun 19, 2015 paige sisserman rated it it was ok
disappointed--slight spoilers

I deleted this book at about 67%. right after the last confrontation with Chief Gibraltar. I couldn't take one more word about the chief. Kincaid is a great character, and wanted to find out how his life went along. I have never disliked a character more then Gibraltar. he is such an egomaniac, that any police department would not have tolerated him. the real problem is; the character is not , in any way, realistic. I enjoy police procedural stories, and I really wan
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Barbara Mason

Dead Of Winter , by P.J. Parrish
I love a good mystery and this was a good one. The story of Louis, a young black cop searching for a place that feels like home, hides his own secrets as he uncovers dark hidden secrets in his new Police department. Cops are dying and it's up to Louis to discover why, and who. He comes up against adversity at every turn and time is running out. Great who-done-it with good character building. You don't get bogged down in the back story yet you will come to know the
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Sheila
Dec 26, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more my style. Keeps the reader involved right from the beginning. A black policeman is searching for a new job. He had problems in his last job down in southern USA. He applies for a job in a small town and is hired on the spot. The chief of police is a little strange and although the main character is happy to be hired, he wonders if it occurred for the wrong reason. He is replacing another black officer who was murdered and within a short time, other policeman (one retired) also ...more
Tim
Jun 27, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery with a plot that will keep readers turning pages. Louis Kincaid is a young police officer who starts a new job with the Lake Loon PD and walks into something much bigger than he anticipated. Replacing an officer who had been killed, he asks for, and is given permission to investigate the crime. What he discovers will turn his life upside down.

Well written characters and plot. Very reminiscent of the "Prey" novels and Lucas Davenport. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a pag
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Jeanne Jenkins
Apr 08, 2013 Jeanne Jenkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was a great read. The beginning of a career of a police man. Moved to a small town. Lots of problems with his fellow officers and of course dead bodies. The bodies were all police men. Who is killing them and why? Louis Kincaid had to figure out who was killing police and if HE was on the list. Lots of twists and turns, and I could not figure out who the bad guys were and who the good guys were. Kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I must get the next book in the series to see ...more
Candice
Feb 09, 2013 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only read one of Parrish's book which was the first of the Louis Kincaid series and I have to say this one was mind blowing. I have to say it started off a little slow but that's how the last book was and I feel that's what most authors do. The beginning was slow but it still held my attention. I loved the plot and the twist because I thought I knew what was going to happen until the very end. It was a great read and I can't wait to read the rest of the Louis Kincaid series. I can now saw ...more
Cheryl
May 03, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I am still a newbie to the murder/mystery novel... which is perhaps why I always sleep so soundly and the sister who gave me this book still sleeps with her light on.

Rather enjoyed this... As a fighter for social justice I like Louis Kincaid. I am suspicious of the politics of police departments. I enjoyed trying to decipher whodunnit and the real motive... I rooted for Louis to solve the mystery, stay alive and get the girl of his dreams. Two outta three ain't bad.

p.s. I learned later that P.J
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Susan
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know you've found a 'goodie' when everyday life is interrupted often by thoughts of the book you are reading. I finally gave up today and just sat down and finished it. Louis Kincaid is a policeman with a past. He lands a job in Loon Lake, Michigan and he's grateful for the quiet and the solitude. And he's soon looking for a serial cop killer. PJ Parrish crafts an infectious story with fascinating characters and an ambience so real you can truly feel like you are there. I'm off now to find P ...more
Cheryl Goldyn
Feb 03, 2013 Cheryl Goldyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't miss this read. A good cop, bad cop story that weaves together the deaths of small-town cops with the slaughter of two teenagers five years prior. Is the killer motivated by revenge or fear? The first death of a cop creates an opening in the police force; the new cop in town is not the only one with secrets, but he's definitely got the least to hide. The author creates strong characters and a flawless plot full of twists that keep the reader guessing.
Christal
Feb 24, 2013 Christal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was too racially motivated. Louis was the only black cop in the department. The story moved slowly and all the characters were somewhat irritating. It was a pretty quick read and had some good qualities, but it would have been a much better story if the racial aspect had not been a main focus of the book.
Patricia Bergman
Jan 14, 2014 Patricia Bergman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time putting this one down. The protagonist, Kincaid, is an interesting although flawed character who is thrown into a pit of dysfunctional and interesting fellow cops. It is a psychological mystery/thriller that provides tension and surprises throughout. I recommend this for fans of this genre.
Danny Smith
Jan 28, 2013 Danny Smith rated it really liked it
Excellent, entertaining book. Liked it even more because of the northern Michigan setting. It is always good to read about places you are familiar with. The story was always moving along with twists and turns to keep me interested. I liked it enough I have already purchased another book in the series of Louis Kincaid books.
Matt
Jan 27, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Dead of Winter is a fairly good mystery/police investigative novel. This is my first exposure to the Louis Kincaid stories and it was a good one. The plot had plenty of turns and twists that made it interesting and the ending was pretty well done overall.

I'll have to look into reading more of the Louis Kincaid stories sometime.
Kay
May 22, 2010 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I searched high and low for this book before finally buying it on ebay. I will say it was worth the trouble I went to!!! I was too impatient to find or buy #2 before reading the rest of the series, but it really didn't matter. In later books several things were remarked about what happened in this book but it certainly didn't spoil it. I really enjoy Louis Kincaid's adventures.
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P.J. Parrish is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Louis Kincaid and Joe Frye thrillers. The author is actually two sisters, Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols. Their books have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. The series has garnered 11 major crime-fiction awards, and an Edgar® nomination. Parrish has won two Shamus awards, one Anthony and one Internatio ...more
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