The tenth part appears before our eyes but not an element short as it provides the same spice that we have been feeling for the last many years. Virgil now knows everything about his little town, all the crimes, all the criminal and the only thing he does not know is the twenty years old past of the people.
Now the current case provides him with the history that should be left buried in the past. It’s a murder mystery after a long while, as the previous two books Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 and Escape Clause were a little different from the first seven books. The personal life once again suddenly disappears from the scene just when we start thinking that he will settle in his life permanently.
It’s all work and works again. The story is more of a collection of memories that are difficult to bring out from the minds of people especially if they want to hide it. The drama once again possesses the voice of Eric Conger who can now be called the permanent faculty of the series.
The title is ironic in the sense as it does not only mean the dead body of the woman that the people of Minnesota found in a frozen state. The title also refers to the deeply buried high school memories that Virgil has to deal with.
The woman who was found dead and frozen was one of the members of the high school class that was having a reunion after twenty years.
One thing is obvious that she never possessed any apparent grudges in the locality in which she was living. Thus the story is more a psychological gameplay and the memories are the clues this time.