On the run from a drug cartel, a skier takes refuge in the dangers of the slopeWhen Jack Farrell graduates from college, there is nothing he wants to do more than ski. He lives on the slopes for as long as he can, but real life finally catches up with him, and he moves to New York to work on Wall Street. Here he finds the thrill of profit can't compare to the joy of skiing on fresh powder, but he soon learns his new job is only a front--a money laundering operation for a gang of South American killers who want Jack out of the picture. His only safe haven is back in Utah, on the slopes of the mountains where he was once so happy. But no matter how fast Jack skis, he can't outrun his past. Falling in with a gang of daredevil skiers, whose stunts get more and more dangerous, Jack is visited by the cartel. On Jack Farrell's mountain, the fresh white powder will soon be stained red with blood.
Jack Farrell is a man on the run in this first novel from an investigative journalist. A bank executive until he was enticed into laundering money for a South American drug operation, Farrell, having had plastic surgery and taken a new identity, has returned to the Utah ski area where he mastered the sport years earlier. But the same recklessness that led him into money laundering now prompts him to participate in a series of dangerous downhill performances for French filmmaker Inez Didier, who seems to thrive on watching others risk their lives. As the story of the ski tour into hell unfolds, Jack's past is revealed through two story threads. One details his memories of the tragic death of his only child, how he and his wife Lena drifted apart under the emotional strain of their loss and how he became part of the drug cartel. The other arises from Lena's diary, which Jack is reading for the first time, and offers a different perspective on events. What happened to Jack and Lena and why he is on the run are far more interesting than the various accounts of daredevil skiing exploits (including one in which the skiers are blindfolded). A final, dramatic run down the dangerous slopes of the Grand Tetons brings matters to a climax in this offbeat thriller, which could have benefited from tighter editing. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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September 17, 2012
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