Ice Cap by Chris Knopf is the third book in the “Jackie Swaitkowski” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, June 2012
Crazy weather, crazy artists, organized crime and digital wizardry all play a role in a murder mystery that could only happen in the Hamptons.
Jackie Swaitkowski has made the transition from lackadaisical, pot-smoking real estate lawyer to obsessive, pot-smoking criminal defense attorney. And now, in the middle of the worst winter on record, her ne’re-do-well client is headed for a first degree murder rap. The case pulls Jackie reluctantly back into her late-husband’s extended, and famously outrageous family. Complicating matters is a handsome journalist whose interest in Jackie exceeds the professional.
I know when I read a Jackie Swaitkowski novel that I’m in for a thrilling ride that I don’t want to see end. In this case, Jackie defends her client against a murder charge that involves a member of her deceased husband’s family. And the fun begins as Jackie pursues her case with her usual aplomb but runs into some tumbling blocks that may put her in harm’s way. One of the things I love about this book is the comfortable tone the author presents. There are so many twists and turns in who-did-what-to-whom that kept me guessing until far into this intriguing mystery. Jackie is such a fun character that you can’t help but love her eccentricities as she navigates the world she lives in the pursuit of justice. Harry, Joe and Sam also make appearances as Jackie’s trusted friends. With this great cast, excellent dialogue and the beautiful setting of the Hamptons (in the winter), this was one of the best book in this wonderfully exciting series.