A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, February 12, 2016
2/12/198? Ice forms
February 12, 198?. On this date the plot of Ice begins. Ice was the 36th book in Ed McBain's excellent 87th Precinct series, police procedurals set in a nameless city that resembled but wasn't quite New York.
As with most of his one-word titles (a subset that included Bread, Calypso, Ghosts, Heat, etc.) "Ice" has several meanings in the book. There is the weather, a drug, jewelry, and a reference to a theatre custom.