The Ice Harvest : A Wichita Kansas Novel

The Ice Harvest : A Wichita Kansas Novel

Book - 2001
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As lawyer Charlie Arglist prepares to leave Wichita, Kansas, with a suitcase full of stolen money, he revisits the scenes of his past--his angry ex-wife, ex-lovers, cops on the take, and bars filled with secrets that others will do anything to hide.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780345440198
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PHILL...S
Characteristics: 217 pages, 14 unnumbered pages ; 19 cm
Notes: Includes excerpts from the author's The walkaway


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Aug 21, 2017

Very entertaining and fun to read. The book has an extraordinary structure. First, it all unfolds over a period of about 20 hours. Second, there is little narrative background supplied. We learn very little about the central character's or any of the main characters' personal backgrounds or histories. Just a few basic facts and none of it is fleshed out. Third, the plot is revealed slowly. Only after more than 100 pages is it clear as to what is happening, i.e. what is driving the action. For the first more than 100 pages the antihero drifts from bar to bar drinking and talking with drunks, bartenders and strippers. This book develops through dialogue.

Add to these unusual formal qualities a bent, macabre sense of humor, extreme violence dealt with in loving detail and a dark worldview based on distrust, violence, loveless relationships and alcohol and you have one twisted, entertaining and dark novel.

May 26, 2016

Scott Phillips knows exactly how to Make Kansas Great Again! I don't know the official title of this genre but I call it Country Pulp Western Noir. He makes Kansas sound like an exciting, crime filled, drug fueled, passionate, sexy, destination full of life and adventure. In reality it is a boring, backwards, redneck, Koched out, Brownback hell with deteriorating school districts, ubiquitous strip malls full of Target Stores, Chipotle, Whole Foods and high end Chick-fil-a outlets, a uge prairie with a few small towns full of tweakers and one college town with education snobs and another with Monsanto sponsored agriculture cowboys and a DHS laboratory full of the deadliest viruses known to man. I prefer Scott's version better and so he is one of those rare authors whom I will run out and read everything he has written.

LaBeteNoir May 08, 2012

Noir, dark/humorous novel set in 1979 Witcha has a build-in quick pacing of a Christmas season.

Sep 16, 2009

wonderful, nasty noir


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