P.J. Parrish returns to Louis Kincaid novels after breather

Wed Mar 6, 2013 5:13pm EST
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By Kurt Anthony Krug

(Reuters) - Fictional detective Louis Kincaid is back and tangled in yet another eerie murder, as the sister duo behind the best-selling mystery novelist P.J. Parrish bring back the private investigator after a three-year hiatus in their latest novel "Heart of Ice."

Parrish, a pseudonym for Detroit-born sisters Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols, is known for unearthing grisly decades-old murder cases for fictional former police detective Kincaid to solve with few clues at hand in an era before DNA evidence.

But Montee said the duo needed a break from Kincaid in order to breathe new life into the series after nine novels in 10 years, including 2006's "Unquiet Grave," which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Paperback Original.

"You come back to your series feeling really refreshed because you don't want to get to the point in your series where your ambivalence towards your character starts showing," Montee told Reuters in a joint interview with Nichols.

"You've got to approach Louis and his world with an eagerness - you want to be there and take the reader there," added Montee, who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "If you stop doing that, you've got to stop writing the series."

"Heart of Ice," which was released on February 26, is the tandem's first Kincaid novel since 2010's "The Little Death." In the interim, the sisters published the thriller "The Killing Song" and novella "Claw Back," which reprised Kincaid in shorter form.

In the new novel, Kincaid stumbles upon a 21-year-old murder case gone cold after his 10-year-old daughter falls into a pile of human bones on northern Michigan's Mackinac Island.