-New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Steven Savile
"Jean Rabe delivers a suspenseful morsel that not only celebrates the Yuletide season, but also keeps you up at night with a well-crafted mystery. THE DEAD OF WINTER is chilling indeed!"
- Raymond Benson, New York Times bestselling author (James Bond books) and author of The Black Stiletto series (optioned by ABC studios)
"THE DEAD OF WINTER was a blast-lots of fun to read! Jean Rabe's characters come to life through the written word, and it takes a real writing talent to accomplish this feat."
- Denise Dietz, USA Today bestselling author
"For years I've admired Jean Rabe's work in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and now, with THE DEAD OF WINTER, she's applying her considerable talents to the field of mysteries. The first in a very promising series with an attractive main character, Piper Blackwell, a female county sheriff who faces obstacles both on and off the job while investigating a puzzling homicide. Very much recommended."
- Award-winning and three-time Edgar nominee author Brendan DuBois
Fifty-eight minutes into Sheriff Piper Blackwell's first day on the job, she's faced with a ritualistic murder-a victim posed to resemble the Christmas cards he sent.
Piper is twenty-three, having won the election because of her family name. Fresh out of the military, with no experience working in a sheriff's department, she's in charge of a manhunt during the most brutal winter sleepy Spencer County Indiana has experienced.
Her opponent in the election…Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg…makes it clear he doesn't like her. Oren has a granddaughter the same age as the new sheriff, and is staying with the department in the hopes Piper will fail and he'll move into head role. Piper needs him and his wealth of experience to pursue a serial killer.
To make things more difficult, the previous sheriff-her father-is facing a second-round of cancer treatments, and becomes hospitalized from complications just as the third murder victim is discovered. Though the deputies love and respect her father, who'd been with the department thirty years, there is little to no love and respect for newcomer Piper. Because of this lack of respect, the CCK investigation is nearly compromised.