The Cold Trail

Book Four of the Sean Kruger Series

Fiction - Suspense
356 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Cold Trail is a work of suspenseful dramatic fiction penned by author J.C. Fields and the fourth book in the Sean Kruger detective mystery series. Retired FBI profiler Kruger is busy teaching at his university campus when a graduate student is suddenly kidnapped. Kruger finds the circumstances too familiar to ignore and sets about reopening a case from more than twenty years ago, and a series of further disappearances in its wake. With the help of his IT expert and friend JR Diminski, the data is crunched and the clues are unearthed to attempt to catch a killer, but Kruger has to face the risk that he might fail at the case yet again.

Readers who enjoy a tightly contained plot with strict turns and sharp twists are certain to unpick every enjoyable detail of author J.C. Fields’s creation. Sean Kruger is well developed as a powerful and capable central figure, leading the investigation with a gravitas that well becomes his age and experience. I found the plot links and evidence highly realistic, like following a real crime scene, and the profiling skills that Kruger displays are beautiful to watch and figure out alongside him. The descriptions add to the scenes only when necessary, relying largely on dialogue and character representation to drive the most compelling of moments. As such, the narration is quick to read and full of little details not to be missed, making it a fast-paced page-turner. Overall, I would highly recommend The Cold Trail to crime fans everywhere.

Bonnie Tesh

My husband and I love this series. He does not read much fiction but is hooked on these books. He has his own collection of them even though I have autographed copies of some. He has started rereading them. Why is he such a fan? He says there is not a wasted word. Fields is an efficient wordsmith and keeps the action and intrigue moving.
It's obvious he does his research, or his mind naturally runs in wild places. Perhaps it's both.
We highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an exciting , intelligent pageturner. Start with the first and work your way through them all. I can see these as a TV series.