Even though this is not Britt Montero, it is a wonderful ride. The hostage stand-off had me laughing out loud, as good or better than anything Carl Hiaasen has ever done! The characters introduced in "Ice Maiden" do not disappoint.
Detective Stone is on the trail of a serial killer who specializes in old ladies, laying the bodies out in meticulously composed death scenes. Stone suspects the killer is an orthodox Jew, clued in by his feisty grandma, who used to work for a Jewish family. The chief case is 12 years old and involves Charles Terrell, who everyone thought was accidentally blown up while working on his car. This cold case heats up quickly when the team chases down Terrell's sexy ex-wife, Natasha, who's dallying with her gardener, Nelson, a naïve Cuban immigrant who provides an amusing Carl Hiassen-like chase scene toward the end.
This might explain why it took me a little while to get into the story. I got twisted up in the first person, third person, switcharoo. But once I was about a third of the way though, I was glad a perservered.