Clarissa Cartwright, the planet's most famous beauty, is about to take the stage wearing a fortune in jewels, and not much else. Read more...
Clarissa Cartwright, the planet's most famous beauty, is about to take the stage wearing a fortune in jewels, and not much else. In the wings, a motley crew of bumbling crooks is scheming to make off with the biggest heist of their careers: five and a half million dollars in precious stones, used to create the world's most expensive piece of lingerie. But mix the glitz and glamour of the highest of high fashion with a team of crooks that would have trouble stealing a sandwich from a deli, and all bets are off.
When the robbers find themselves pursued by both the intimidating ex-cop tasked with protecting the world s most valuable piece of lingerie and Clarissa's insanely jealous and mobbed-up ex-boyfriend, things get ugly. Especially when Clarissa decides she's had quite enough of being an object and decides to turn the tables on both the crooks and the fashion world. "Ice Chest" combines the page-turning skill of J.D. Rhoades's acclaimed Jack Keller thrillers with the excitement and humor of " Ocean's Eleven.""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-21
- Reviewer: Staff
In this winning caper novel from Rhoades (Devils and Dust and three other Jack Keller mysteries), the Enigma agencys top model, Clarissa Cartwright, and her entourage fly from New York City to Atlanta, where shes due to wear a jewel-encrusted bra known as the Ice Chest at a fashion show. Chunk McNeill, a former New York cop, and Zoe Piper, a whiz at using computers to gather intel, lead the team providing security, while Hermione Starr manages the flock of Enigmas underwear models. Meanwhile, crooks Rafe Valentine, L.B. Gordon, and their associates aim to snatch Clarissa and her multimillion-dollar brassiere with the aid of Branson Suggs, Rafes rather naïve nephew. Also watching Clarissa is Aldo the Moose Cantone, a henchman of an ex-boyfriend of hers, Mario Allegretti, who just cant accept her leaving him. The grab is made, and thats when the fun really begins. Chunk and Zoe want to save the innocents, Rafe and L.B. want to get paid, and Mario wants to kill anyone who has touched his girl. Other zany characters keep the plot twisting. (Feb.)