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Tahoe Ice Grave (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) [Paperback]

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Early one frigid morning in January a young man named Thos Kahale walked into the icy waters of Lake Tahoe and died a brutal death. Hired to investigate, Owen McKenna learns that the Hawaiian side of the man's family had a secret shrine hidden in a cave in the cliffs of Kauai. Owen Flies to Kauai and hears about a long-lost manuscript that Mark Twain left when he visited Kauai in 1866. The manuscript, which would be worth millions, is rumored to have been lost in a hurricane. Owen suspects that it was hidden in the secret shrine. As more people die, Owen tracks a vicious killer who looks like a Viking. Owen follws the Viking back to Tahoe and learns of a cave of ice that is sacred to Tahoe's Washoe Indians. Thos, who was half Washoe, may have hidden the manuscript in the Tahoe cave. Only one person, whose identity is unknown, knows the answer. Owen and his Great Dane Spot have to find that person before the Viking does, and they are running out of time as they chase the Viking up a mountain in a blizzard to a cave of ice and a battle to the death.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2002
Publisher   Thriller Press
ISBN  1931296138  
ISBN13  9781931296137  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Todd Borg is the author of the award-winning Owen McKenna mysteries set in the Lake Tahoe area. He's won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, Best Mystery and Best Thriller awards from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, and made several Top 5 and Top 10 lists. His novels are perennial Tahoe-Area bestsellers and he's made Amazon's Mystery Thriller Bestseller list.

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Another great read by Todd Borg!  Apr 14, 2005
I don't know how Todd Borg learned so much about so many different places and activities, but Ice Grave is not only rich in plot and characters, but in ambiance!

Owen is quite the Renaissance man. I never cease to be amazed at what Owen can explain. At one point, he explains, "scuba no decompression limits" to a local copper.

The whole scene just came to life for me. All of a sudden, I wasn't just "watching" a scene with a diver chick and a couple of middle aged men standing on a beach in Tahoe, but I was standing there with them - listening to the conversation, feeling the chill air, smelling the lake. Todd Borg has a talent for drawing a reader into a story.

An of course there's Spot. As the bookmark says, "Spot Rocks!" For most of the book, he's a bit more of a minor character than in Blowup, but he's still hanging about, drooling, lazing around, and making new friends.

I'm happy with my purchase, and recommend this book to anyone that wants a quick enjoyable read.
GREAT BOOK!!!  Mar 12, 2004
Borg writes with a style that makes writing books seem easy. His characters are simple and interesting. The plot is unique, and the ending couldn't be better. My steaks burned on the grill because I was reading this book--no regrets.
A big thumbs up  Nov 5, 2002
Todd Borg is a Tahoe resident and small businessman. He also teaches part time at Lake Tahoe Community College. TAHOE ICE GRAVE is his third Owen McKenna and Spot mystery. Mr. Borg's first two novels in the series, TAHOE DEATHFALL and TAHOE BLOWUP, won several awards, including "Top 5 winner of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association" and "Librarian's Choice, Best Fiction 2001" by the Cincinnati Public Library.

Thos Kahale's body is found naked near Rubicon Point in Lake Tahoe, his clothes neatly folded onshore and a bullet through his head. Thos's mother, Janeen Kahale hires Owen McKenna to look into the death. Thos was an upstanding young man with a successful business and a discreet nature, and there is no apparent reason for his death. Owen has to dig deep to find the reasons, and in the meantime the Kahale family seems to be dying at an alarming rate. All Owen has to go on is a suicide note left by Thos and his family history:

"'Janeen, Thos's note says he was responsible for the deaths of three people. Jasper's father and brother have died in the last few weeks. Could they be two of he people Thos referred to?' 'Of course not. Jasper's father died of lung cancer. His brother in a car accident. Obviously, Thos could not have had anything to do with either death.'"

One of the real strengths of the Owen McKenna series is the characterization. Mr. Borg has a knack for telling a "tall tale" with larger-than-life characters. Owen himself is 6'6", and his dog spot is a Great Dane who is perfectly tuned to Owen's commands. McKenna's girlfriend Street completes the triad; an entomologist (science of insects) who deals with the grisly forensic side of murder. Together the threesome make for a winning combination of grit, intelligence, strength, and tenderness that is captivating to the reader. But Mr. Borg's plots are also super-twisters that take the reader back and forth, into and out of the mountain scenery at a dizzying rate. TAHOE ICE GRAVE is as compelling as any of Todd Borg's tales to date. With each book his writing advances to a new level, much to the delight of his growing audience. A big thumbs up.

Don't Miss this page turner!!!  Sep 30, 2002
Todd Borg knows how to win fans...
Taho Ice Grave is a well executed story that
provides fast moving, compelling suspense.
Owen and Spot pack the realism that all mystery
readers enjoy.
Add Todd Borg's name to your list of favorite
"Tahoe Ice Grave"  Sep 5, 2002
Murder in the deep icy waters of Lake Tahoe; the search for a priceless manuscript and the ruthless killer who would do anything to get his hands on it; a frantic chase up frigid mountain cliffs to a hidden ice cave-Owen McKenna and his faithful Great Dane "Spot" are at it again.
"Tahoe Ice Grave," Todd Borg's third thriler in the Owen McKenna myatery series, is every bit as fast paced and spell binding as his first two, "Tahoe Deathfall" and "Tahoe Blowup." Borg's attention to detail and unique talent for character portrayal go a long way to make "Ice Grave's" people and places larger than life. A fast paced read that will keep you turning the pages 'till the wee hours of the morning.

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