‘A man thinks he is hardened to death; he has walked into hot kitchens covered from floor to ceiling in blood, is an expert, knows that in the summer people seem ready to explode with blood; he even prefers winter's stiffs. Then a new death mask pops out of the snow. The chief investigator had never seen a head like this before; he thought he would never forget the sight. He didn't know yet that it was the central moment of his life.’
"...the action is gritty, the plot is complicated, the overriding quality is intelligence."
- The Washington Post
"...An unbelievable achievement...vivid, witty...completely fascinating."
- Boston Herald