by CLINTON McKINZIE
McKinzie has carved out his own unique territory with suspense novels
that blend the heart-pounding thrills of extreme mountain climbing
with gripping legal intrigue. “One of the strongest debuts in years”
raved the Chicago Tribune about his debut novel, The Edge
of Justice, which was hailed as “action-packed…a page turner”
by USA Today. Now the acclaimed author of The Edge of Justice
and Point of Law ratchets up the suspense even higher with
a third high-altitude thriller, set against a breathtaking Rocky Mountain
landscape, and capturing the unique world of men and women who pit
their lives against the world’s most forbidding mountainsides. Now,
Antonio Burns — climber, lover, brother, and cop — returns, and walks
into a world of glamour, obsession and terror.
Hardcover Release by Delacorte Press 2003
author, a former prosecutor (and avid rock climber), plays the complications
off against each other, using one to distract us from the others while
he cleverly builds his story. The novel unfolds like an elegant juggling
act, and McKinzie's literary gymnastics pay off splendidly."
forte: action, adventure, and a multi-layered chase and rescue...fires
on all cylinders..."
"Trial by Ice and Fire sizzles...suspenseful."
series has great characters, and his descriptions of the land, the
sport of climbing and extreme skiing in the wilds of Wyoming are mesmerizing
and compelling. ... McKinzie again has integrated intriguing and riveting
elements to create a compelling book with that extra edge of tension
making it difficult to put down."
worked in The Edge of Justice works doubly well in McKinzie's
latest thriller, Trial by Ice and Fire. Not only is there more
stunning scenery atop Wyoming mountains, there's also skiing down
a near-vertical ice chute, and a fire that rages through the countryside."
legal intrigue with the breathtaking excitement of extreme mountain
Trial by Ice and Fire goes where no other
writer has gone before. With characters who live on the edge and a
plot that delivers surprise after surprise, this novel shows why McKinzie
is in the vanguard of thriller authors."
"The rock-climbing scenes, which offer taut descriptions of the process,
are gripping (no pun intended) and suspenseful, reflecting McKinzie's
climbing experiences. Even from the comfort of your favorite easy
chair, your fingertips will curl vicariously, trying to grasp a few
precious inches of a crevice that hopefully won't come loose, and
your toes will tense, trying to help Antonio balance on a narrow ledge
a couple of thousand feet in the air. ... But the real strength of
this book is the complexity of the characters, starting with Antonio
(Burns)…The book, like its two predecessors, is written in present
tense. This technique gives an air of immediacy, a 'you are there'
feeling, to the action."
rough-hewn mountain man with the sensitive soul is always an appealing
hero, and McKinzie's Antonio Burns (Edge of Justice, Point of Law)
has the right stuff to keep readers turning the pages of this adrenaline-charged
thriller...fans will be rooting for...McKinzie to bring the Burns
boys back for a sequel."
Within two weeks of reading one book, I'd finished the other two."
new summer beach book ... old-fashioned American thriller ... starring
fictional Wyoming law enforcement officer as tough as the Grand Teton
is high. ... Pack this one away for the portaledge."
addict McKinzie ... infuses his passions into his prose along with
his savvy about law enforcement and courtrooms. Best of all, he has
a gift for knocking you out with his majestic landscapes and his wickedly
Antonio Burns series by Clinton McKinzie: three great ways to feel
what it's like to have 1,800 feet of air under your heels.
can’t help but think when reading a McKinzie thriller that it would
make a great movie. This latest is no exception. With heart-stopping
suspense, breath-taking climbing scenes, vulnerable yet untamed characters,
and just a tad of romance, this one has it all. The wildly stunning
climax is in itself worth the read. One can’t help but like Antonio
Burns, flaws and all, which only make him captivating. And one can’t
help hoping that he gets it together and marries the girl, and then
again, hoping he doesn’t. Another success in a great series from McKinzie,
this comes highly recommended."
by Ice and Fire isn't just vivid descriptions of scenery, McKinzie
works in a suspenseful plot full of twists. … McKinzie takes the reader
to the mountain several times and he's prepared to make the most of
it in breathtaking scenes suffused with an exhilarating sense of danger.
... Trial by Ice and Fire puts the reader on the edge -- literally.
And there's no better guide up that mountain than Anton."