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FREEZING
By Penelope Evans

Soho Press, 1998
ISBN 1-56947-121-5

Reviewed by S. E. Warwick

Freezing is a grimy tale of good and evil and heroism in unlikely places. Though written "across the pond," Evansí style is very accessible and does not make you remember Churchillís remark about two peoples being separated by a common language.

The hero of the story is a geek named Stewart who lives with his aging father and for his life in cybergames. The wherewithal to buy hard and software comes from his day job as a morgue photographer.

Stewart learned from an earlier job as a wedding photographer that his people skills are better suited to the deceased.

Jolted out of his bizarre daily routine of corpses and cyberbattle against the dark forces of the universe by the gentle beauty of a nameless cadaver, Stewart becomes obsessed with learning the identity of the dead young woman who becomes confused with the ice princess whose rescue from the ice cave is the object of his computer game.

Evans has filled the pages of Freezing with nasty, grubby, unsympathetic people from Stewartís young nephews to the police who protect and serve.

Freezing was a little hard to wade through, but maybe itís yet another expose of the dreariness of life in a socialist country. If youíre looking for a crisp mystery, this is not for you. If you like morality tales, give this a try.

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