Winter's End

Alex Rourke (Volume 1)

John Rickards

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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As a violent storm rages over the small town of Winter's End, Sheriff Dale Townsend comes upon a chilling scene--a young man, knives in his hands and the body of a woman at his feet.

But the enigmatic suspect refuses to answer any questions, and, bizarrely, there is no forensic evidence to link him to the crime.

So Sheriff Townsend he calls his childhood friend Alex Rourke back to his sleepy home town in wooded hills of north-eastern Maine. After an absence of nearly twenty years, Rourke--ex-FBI interrogator turned private eye--is an expert in navigating the twisted pathways of murderous minds.

But this killer is twisted indeed and very, very clever. And--as a pervading sense of evil descends upon the town--Rourke realizes he may well be an integral part the killer's game. A game that is not yet over....

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  Winter's End
PART ONEHAPPY RETURNS“Happy he who still can hope to rise,
Emerging from this sea of fear and doubt!
What no man knows, alone could make us wise;
And what we know, we well could do without.”—Goethe, FaustPROLOGUE“I don’t know why Jimmy insists on playing him,” Sheriff Dale Townsend says, raising his voice over the hammering rain and the swish of the Jeep’s wipers. “It’s obvious the guy just isn’t locked in. His confidence is shot, he’s tensed up, and he’s gripping the bat too hard.

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"This atmospheric tale of the past coming back to haunt the present in a small New England town grips you from its chilling opening scene to its stunning conclusion. A fine debut. Rickards is definitely one to watch."--Peter Robinson, author of In A Dry Season and Aftermath

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John Rickards

John Rickards is a freelance journalist living in England. This is his first novel.

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Winter's End
John Rickards

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2003
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ISBN: 9781429979757
ISBN10: 1429979755
304 pages
$4.99
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