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Gone Cold (Simon Fisk) by Douglas Corleone
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Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250065780
Date: 18 August 2015 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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A former U.S. Marshall, Simon Fisk is now a PI who locates abducted children. However, for twelve years he could never find his own missing daughter, six-year-old Hailey, who was taken from his Georgetown home. The case has gone cold, until now. Former FBI analyst Kati Sheffield texts Simon the photo of a young woman wanted for murder in Dublin, Ireland. She could very well be a grown Hailey. As Simon travels across Europe in search of this elusive woman, he becomes involved with gangsters who try to kill him. He also uncovers bizarre family secrets and learns that the evilness behind Hailey's abduction was always closer than he had ever imagined.

Douglas Corleoneís Gone Cold is the third entry in the Simon Fisk series and is definitely the best one to date. Simon is all alone. He is no longer looking for other peopleís abducted children. He is concentrating all his time, money and effort into searching for his daughter, Hailey. The reader can feel Simonís torment. He gets drunk every night. Katiís text is a flash of hope. He rushes to Dublin where he meets some strange allies. Then he is off to Glasgow, Scotland, where he becomes involved in a gang war between the Gilchrist Clan and the Maxwell Clan. A lot of gun play ensues. Everywhere he goes in Europe, Simon is wanted for murder.

Also by Douglas Corleone
Simon Fisk Mysteries:
* Good As Gone
* Payoff
* Gone Cold
Kevin Corvelli Mysteries:
* One Man's Paradise
* Night on Fire
* Last Lawyer Standing/b>
The chapters alternate between events in the present and the events that took place in Georgetown twelve years ago when Hailey was abducted. Readers gain an insight into FBI protocol in regards to missing persons. They will witness the gradual deterioration of Simon's marriage. He and his wife, Tasha, grow farther and farther apart until tragedy strikes them. Everyone, including neighbors, friends, relatives, and teachers, is considered a suspect in Hailey's disappearance. Soon it becomes evident that Simon's worst fears are realized. Hailey has been abducted by a stranger and chances of finding her grow slimmer with each passing moment. Eventually, the media loses interest in her disappearance, the FBI departs, and Simon is left without help.

Gone Cold is a fast-paced, emotionally packed novel about a family that has been torn apart by lust and greed. It centers on the dark secrets that family members can hide from one another for many years. We all yearn to belong to a group, whether it is a family, professional organization, church, etc. After reading Gone Cold, I contemplated the broken relationships that I have with family members. Now, the reasons for them being broken seem ridiculous and asinine. Hopefully, this novel will encourage readers to seek out broken relationships and try to mend and heal them before it is too late.

Douglas Corleone's Gone Cold may be the last in the Simon Fisk series that includes the excellent debut, Good as Gone, and Payoff. It's an intriguing cloak-and-dagger series with plenty of gunplay. However, I prefer the more realistic Kevin Corvelli mystery series which is set in beautiful, sun-drenched Hawaii. Even though Corvelli is a morally corrupt lawyer who is also a borderline alcoholic, I think he possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that is quite appealing. Gone Cold wrapped up the Simon Fisk series rather nicely. On the other hand, I think Corvelli has many more mysteries to be solved in gorgeous Hawaii. It is the unique setting that initially drew me to that series. Nevertheless, I will be anxiously awaiting Corleone's next mystery.

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