By Quinton Skinner
Fourteen levels under zero–cold adequate to freeze the soul.
Lewis Ingraham is chilly. He’s misplaced his spouse to melanoma, his govt profession, his as soon as certain grip at the global round him. All that he can carry directly to is his appealing daughter Jay, an excellent pupil who has turn into a suffering unmarried mom. yet he sees that even Jay is beginning to slip clear of him, in want of Stephen, her self-important boyfriend. This time Lewis goes to struggle back.
But while Lewis takes out his fury on Stephen, he ignites a series response of violence. Now iciness is bearing down on Minnesota. wish, guilt, and rage are swirling within the snow. And a heinous crime is ready to steer 3 humans down a steep and unforgiving slope–into a realm of chilly, demanding truth.
Set in a chillingly barren milieu and invoking comparisons to Donald Westlake’s bestselling vintage The Ax, 14 levels less than Zero is a gorgeous, provocative, and completely unforgettable event in mental suspense and American noir–fashioned from the warmth of standard lives.
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He shuts the mower off and yanks a rag from the back pocket of his shorts. Sweat drips over his pale eyebrows, along his nose, down his lip, parting his mouth, and then over the moon-shaped cleft in his chin. He swipes the rag over his face and then looks up in my direction. I drop the binoculars to my lap and freeze. At first I pull away, hide behind the curtain so he doesn’t see me. But then I feel myself edging back toward the screen, not caring if he does. I think he spots me, and this makes my heart go off at about a thousand decibels, like one of those vibrating clocks that shakes you out of dreamland.
I’ll say,” he says. I peek up at him and he’s just … staring at me. Calm down, I tell myself, looking away, practically biting through my bottom lip. Think. What would Kelly do? “You must be dying out here in this heat,” I say finally. I check my hair to make sure it hasn’t kinkified on me, wishing I had thick and wavy locks like the Pantene girl, or straight, Barbie doll-blond tresses like Kelly. ” I pull up on my shirt to expose my tan belly, the way Kelly did once at this college rush party she made us crash, so she could nab a guy from Zeta House—like Zeta House even means anything when you’re a sophomore in high school.
He asks. I sort of give a nod. It’s so easy for him, like he’s done this before, like it’s no big deal. I think about Vanessa’s first time. How she and Roland had come so close so many times, but then decided to wait. Then, on the anniversary of the day they first met, Roland surprised Vanessa by re-creating a scene from Night Falls in Star Land, her favorite storybook. He took her to the planetarium, after hours, because it was winter and too cold outside for a picnic at night. And then they made love right there under the Big Dipper.
14 Degrees Below Zero: A Novel of Psychological Suspense by Quinton Skinner