The Ice Maiden

Bruce D. Smith 1411249733691



Bruce D. Smith

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A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in and around Dover-Foxcroft, a small community in central Maine. His first victim is found floating head down below the frozen surface of Sebec Lake. She is wearing an unusual costume – a conical dunce hat and a tabard decorated with dancing devils and flames - a replication of those worn by victims during the auto de fe torture and trials of non-believers during the Spanish Inquisition, suggesting a disturbing religious motive behind the killing. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. The killer leaves clues for Quinn and Bateman showing he is clearly from the local community and is hiding in plain sight. He clearly enjoys playing a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman, and seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders. As the list of victims grows, and Quinn and Bateman get closer to solving the case, it becomes clear that the killer has been following an elaborate and carefully crafted plan, and is closing in on the real target of his murder spree.


Crime, Detective, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller,

Short Summary

Young women in a small town in central Maine are being kidnapped, tortured and murdered.


Central Maine

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Douglas Bateman

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Gracious, Leader, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Masculine, Complex, Modest, Romantic, Honorable, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Anne Quinn

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Confident, Educated, Romantic, Sexy, Beautiful, Honorable, Perseverance

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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