Outstanding! This isn't the first in Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series, but it's the first one I've read. Keeping up with the story was no problem because the pertinent back story was all filled in nicely. After thoroughly enjoying Ice Cold, I'll pick up the others in this series, too.
Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles travels to a Wyoming medical conference in the middle of a very harsh winter. Plagued by personal issues, saddened by her current relationship, it seems a good opportunity for her to put her head back on straight. At any rate, it's a chance to have a little fun with a charismatic, good-looking man from her past who resurfaces at the same venue. Within a day of their meeting, though, they are isolated in blizzard conditions and are fighting for survival in a ghost town (really, a ghost town!) where circumstances suggest that something unthinkably sinister has happened to the town's ill-fated former occupants. With no viable options to return to civilization, Maura could very well be the next one to mysteriously disappear for good . . . unless she can figure out just what the hell is going on.
"Winter" seems to be a character in this book. The setting is so huge a part of the action and the imagery so well-developed that I felt like I was stranded in the snowy Wyoming valley with her. This made it a great novel to read in Texas in August. :-)
Recommended for fans of female protagonists, medical thrillers, and just plain creepy stuff.