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Dead Of Winter (Louis Kincaid #2)

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In Dead of Winter police detective Louis Kincaid investigates a series of gruesome murders - and is drawn into the nightmare mind of a killer.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Pinnacle
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Apr 26, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Rhee
Nov 22, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2016 Bibliophile rated it liked it
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.
Apr 13, 2015 Joanne rated it liked it
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.
Sherrill Watson
Sep 07, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
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
Diana Hockley
May 08, 2015 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing

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
paige sisserman
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
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.
Feb 11, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 31, 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
Douglas Cook
Feb 09, 2013 Douglas Cook rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2013 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the earlier books in the Louis Kincaid series. Somehow I missed it along the way. P.J.Parrish captures the bleakness of winter in the upper part of the lower peninsula of Michigan very well. The insanity of the police chief is quite something to behold also. Reading a depressing winter novel in the middle of summer when it is hot out is somehow weirdly refreshing!
Feb 11, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
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Feb 21, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carmen Gaarder kumm
Good read

I typically don't read mystery but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. It was ever changing and a very quick read although I figured it out very sin into it but it wasn't confirmed until the very end. Good read
Bette Jacobson
Nov 18, 2014 Bette Jacobson rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Wow. definitely a page turner. Louis Kincaid comes to small town Michigan to be the replacement for cop who was murdered. Then another cop is murdered. And another. Corruption in this small town police department and coverups going as high as?????
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
2nd book in series: Louis Kincaid has traveled to a small town in Michigan and taken a position on the police force. Policeman are being found dead, and Louis is given the task of solving the mystery. Good read.
Daniel Clark
Mar 25, 2014 Daniel Clark rated it really liked it
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
barbara evans
Jan 30, 2016 barbara evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another favorite author of mine

Maybe I should have said authors but I have enjoyed their books for quite a while. You know you are getting a good book when you purchase one of theirs
Story of Louis Kincaid and how he tries to restart his life in Moon Lake, MI. He ends up in the middle of murder - cops being gunned down. Lots of twists and turns, nice character development.
Kat Panos
Apr 04, 2016 Kat Panos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Really entertaining. Tense and suspenseful, wonderfully drawn characters (especially loved Louis). Great setting in Northerm MI. Enjoyed the Yooper slang!
Kat Walter
Jun 09, 2016 Kat Walter rated it really liked it
Like the series more than I thought I would. Good writing, twists, easy read and it takes place in state! I will read the rest of the series.
Dec 26, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
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
Robin Ferguson
Dec 20, 2014 Robin Ferguson rated it really liked it
One of the 1st. in the Louis Kincaid novels. Really getting a feel for these mysteries and it takes place in Northern Michigan.
Barbara Mason
Feb 03, 2013 Barbara Mason rated it liked it

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
Mar 09, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok
fun to read because it takes place in Michigan and surrounds are familiar. Not of gread weight
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