Author: Clea Koff
Original language: English
One of the most exciting crime and mystery series debuts of the year. Think Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell. – ***When a bundle of frozen body parts tumbles out the rear door of a van on a Los Angeles freeway, FBI agent Scott Houston knows just where to go for an off-the-record analysis: Agency 32/1, a non-profit missing persons identification resource center run by forensic anthropologists Jayne Hall and Steelie Lander. Jayne and Steelie quickly determine that the remains are human, though from several women. But Scott’s call has unintended consequences for the two women, putting their lives in jeopardy, as their unique skills uncover evidence leading directly to the killer . . .
“This impressive mystery debut rests on a fascinating real-life premise…[a] remarkably detailed exploration of a heartbreakingly sad but strangely humanizing calling that places its practitioners ‘halfway between the living and the dead’…one of the most promising new crime series to appear this year.” -*Booklist*
“Koff has written a procedural with emotional depth…[she] fills her debut thriller with fascinating true-to-life forensic details [and] steadily builds the suspense to the climactic twist … Readers who enjoy Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs won’t want to miss this.” -*Library Journal*
“Koff’s intriguing mystery debut introduces two strong women [who] do forensic profiles of missing persons…[Koff] paints a vivid picture of the effect of those losses on the victims’ loved ones. The costs are heavy for those who try to help, but so are the rewards…Readers will look forward to the sequel.” -*Publishers Weekly*
“In *Freezing*, [Koff] applies her expertise to fiction. Her co-heroines are partners in the business of identifying people by their corpses…Their inquiries lead them into danger, emotional distress and eventually to a serial killer. A touch heavy, but Koff imparts her knowledge with gusto.” -*The Times*, London
“Freezing is an intricately plotted thriller rich with fascinating forensic details that only a pro could deliver. A great debut.” Jonathan Kellerman on Freezing
### About the Author
Clea Koff is a forensic anthropologist and author. She was a member of the first international forensic team brought together by the United Nations to investigate evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, commencing in Rwanda in 1996. She subsequently participated in missions in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. *The Bone Woman*, Koff’s memoir of her experiences working for the war crimes tribunals, was published by Random House in 2004 and has been translated into nine languages and published in fourteen countries. She now works with the non-profit organization she founded, the Missing Persons Identification Resource Center (MPID) – the real-life counterpart to the fictional Agency 32/1 in *Freezing – *and is writing more books in the Jayne & Steelie Mystery series.