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 government occupation, 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 develop into a suffering unmarried mom. yet he sees that even Jay is beginning to slip clear of him, in desire of Stephen, her self-important boyfriend. This time Lewis goes to struggle back.
But whilst Lewis takes out his fury on Stephen, he ignites a sequence response of violence. Now wintry weather 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 lower than Zero is a gorgeous, provocative, and totally unforgettable event in mental suspense and American noir–fashioned from the warmth of standard lives.
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All right today, thank God, said Anne, sinking into the morris chair by the card table. I've got a roast in there for Sunday and lamb chops for tomorrow and if it starts acting like it did yesterday I don't know what I'll do! The way meat is these days! Will took another big drink of the ale and listened to the blaring radio and the expiring refrigerator motor in the kitchenette. Machines, he said. What, Will? said Anne. I was just thinking, Will said. I was just thinking about machines. My God, we're at their mercy from morning till night!
The . . kitchen cabinet . " She was gone for an instant, and then he heard the pump handle squeaking and the clink of the spoon in his tumbler and then she was back, lifting his head gently in her hands, her face frantic and twisted with fear and love for him. He drank the liquid quickly and presently lay back sweating in his pillow. "I saw them," he whispered. "They came and sat out there ... just looking at me ... like a jury. Liza, get me my pistol. In . . my . . coat. . Like a jury . " The last thing he heard was Eliza's scream, and then the darkness walked through the doorway from the river and folded round him like a warm hand.
Jonas thought he saw her lips form his name. He left her then, and fetching the lamp from the kitchen table went outside to make sure the rats had not returned. Satisfied, Jonas went inside and, blowing out the lamp, began undressing in the dark. In the morning he would put out the poisoned bait. The thing would be over then; the rats would be dead. Jonas had not been asleep 15 minutes when he heard them again outside on the deck. He started up in his bed and stared wildly through the dark toward the open door.