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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...more
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Published January 7th 2012 by OUR NOIR PUBLISHING (first published January 1st 2001)
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Scott Rhee
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
Barbara
I really enjoyed this book and will read others in the series.
It can be a bit slow at times, but then picks up quickly again. It is an enjoyable read.
Gerry
Oct 31, 2009 Gerry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Douglas Cook
First paragraphs
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...more
Sophie
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
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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...more
Cheryl
Another great murder mystery!

I love the writing style of P.J. Parrish! The creativity woven between the character and dialogues is so intriguing and the mystery slipped in to keep you guessing as to who is behind the murders is what keeps me coming back for more. I cannot wait to read more of the Kincaid/Frye mysteries.
Dawn
I will likely read more from this series, although I was surprised, in this book, at the amount of abuse the police officers were willing to put up with from their chief, who was a total weirdo & pretty clearly unhinged. It also seemed like the characters were drawn with a heavy hand - the worst bad guys were also giant assholes, for example.
Bette Jacobson
Louis Kincaid drove north to have a chance to be a cop. The interview was strange, the hiring was strange, and the police station hierarchy was strange. But yet, he liked it here in Loon Lake, the air was clean and just breathing it made him feel happy.

The first to die was Detective Pryce; a cop killer is roaming the streets and byways of Loon Lake, but why? Louis begins to investigate his murder, to find the motive, to find the killer. But this will not be the only body in this investigation, q...more
Daniel Clark
Well thought out plot. I almost thought it was dragging when I thought I had the story figured out, but that was about when it picked up and got exciting. Nicely woven together.
Rating: R for language throughout and mature themes
Sheila
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
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...more
Barbara
fun to read because it takes place in Michigan and surrounds are familiar. Not of gread weight
Billie Alfrey
Think this was one of the first crime/horror novels I ever read. Was brilliant too, I loved it.
Patricia Bergman
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.
Angel
I finished this book on Sunday but can remember almost nothing about it. I know I enjoyed it but nothing stands out about it. Take that as you will.
deb
Well thought out and well written. Would happily read more of the series.
Susan
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


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...more
Candice Holmes
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
Jeanne Jenkins
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
Tim
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...more
Donna Sabean
First time reading PJ Parrish. Enjoyed. Easy reading. Interesting page turner.
Cheryl Goldyn
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.
Kay
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.
Joe Vitucci
Although I thought this book was a little slow getting started after the initial killing, it got interesting pretty quickly. The development of Jesse and Gallagher throughout the story I thought led to the reader having no doubt that 'things' happened because of who the characters were. Well written and hard to stop reading, even in front of a football game on TV.
Matt
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.
Danny Smith
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.
Christal
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.
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Media Biography:

P.J. Parrish (sisters Kelly Nichols and Kris Montee) is author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling Louis Kincaid series. Their books have been Edgar, Shamus, Thriller and Anthony award finalists. ISLAND OF BONES was named a top book of 2004 by Publishers Weekly and Oline Cogdill. AN UNQUIET GRAVE was named a Michigan Notable Book for 2006. Their latest, A THO...more
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