HARD FREEZE by Dan Simmons Buffalo, New York ex-con and former P.I. Joe Kurtz survived his initial case after a twelve-year prison term. Now he is taking on a new challenge. While continuing to dodge a contract on his head, Kurtz takes on the task of finding a child-murderer for a gravely ill client, while remaining in the middle of a crime family war. Its going to be a tough winter in Buffalo cold enough to freeze the blood.