Melting Ice : The Cold Case File
In this sequel to the first Jim Lansing Series novel, Chasing Smoke, Detective Lansing is again on the chase. The biggest problem he faces is that the suspect has a thirty-two year head start. As the title, Melting Ice, hints, this novel is about a cold case and Jim takes on the job at the request of his boss to which he is indebted and has a great deal of love and respect, Lt. Buck Jackson. It is the story of a beauty queen, whose unsolved murder was the first Buck had ever worked and has haunted him ever since. It is a story of echo victims, those relatives, friends and witnesses, even an old desert-rat, who have had their lives unalterably changed by the loss of a human being killed long before her time. Along with his ex-wife, Anne, an FBI trained human behavior analyst, Jim experiences the highs and lows of investigating the old murder, which Buck has all but begged him to solve before his impending retirement. DNA plays a huge role in the investigation of every cold case anymore, it seems. This case involves DNA also - and a pair of identical twins - as different as they are the same. It doesn't help when DNA recovered from the scene doesn't seem to support the belief that the victim had been a religious, chaste woman. None of the evidence seems to fit, and that includes DNA. The M.O. and ritual employed in this homicide and similar crimes identified during the investigation confuses Jim's beautiful criminal profiler ex-wife, even though the DNA is a match. Or is it? Melting Ice is a wild ride, where DNA takes a back seat to "good old gumshoe police work" and offers an inside look at the politics, human error, interview and interrogation planning, preparation and orchestration, many times falling apart when answers don't meet expectations. Laugh out loud, cry, get angry; become tangled in the net of guilt, shame and near failure as Jim and Annie work the biggest case of their lives and come to realize there are always ways to fix old mistakes and start anew.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
- 22 Feb 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Jim Cunningham
Jim Cunningham is a 28 year veteran of the El Cajon Police Department. He retired as a lieutenant in 2005. During his career, he worked many assignments, including sex crimes, child abuse and homicide. While the stories in this book "bear no resemblance to persons living or dead," they may bear a striking resemblance to his own experiences, including investigative technique, gun battles and his dedication to "his" victims and "echo victims" in serious crimes, including murder. Jim is an internationally published author and graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #212 where he studies, among other subjects, psycho-sexual serial offenders. His first book, CHASING SMOKE, the first of the Jim Lansing series, rolled out to high acclaim for its strikingly realism and hard-boiled insight into the investigation of a rape/homicide series which, like MELTING ICE, can only be related by one who has been there, seen the blood, smelled the death and taken on the burden of responsibility for victims who can not longer fight for themselves. Jim still lives in El Cajon, California, where he writes with a passion to educate and enlighten about the tremendous and the treacherous, the excellent and the flawed, and the personal sacrifice made by plain people working in extraordinary environments, police officers. God bless them all. Where would we be without those who bleed blue?