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Camel Press Brings Robert J. Ray’s Murdock Cracks Ice Back into Print
Robert J. Ray’s Murdock Cracks Ice is back in print. First published in 1992, the 5th Matt Murdock mystery is the only one set in Seattle, where Ray resides. Coming soon: the rest of the series., 4/16/2012 - Seattle, WA.—Camel Press is delighted to announce that Murdock Cracks Ice, by Robert J. Ray ($14.95, 262 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-881-0), is back in print. Fans of the hard-boiled but soft-hearted detective Matt Murdock will soon be able to obtain Ray’s other books in the much-acclaimed mystery series: Bloody Murdock, Murdock for Hire, and Dial M for Murdock.

The fifth of Ray’s Matt Murdock mysteries, Murdock Cracks Ice is the only book in the series set in Seattle, Washington, where Ray currently resides.

Upon its initial release in 1992, Murdock Cracks Ice received excellent reviews:

Kirkus Reviews: “Hard-nosed P.I. fare, with romance singeing the edges.”

Seattle Times/Seattle PI: “A welcome addition to the ever growing ranks of fine Seattle mysteries.”

A deadly kil*ler has iced Rollie Nielsen, a smart college kid with a brain for chemistry, and his dad wants to know why. Enter Matt Murdock, a tough-and-tender PI who is willing to get his hands dirty in search of the truth. Rollie had a weakness for classy women and easy money, a combination that led him to found a dr*ug lab. No one knows exactly where he was working and what he was cooking—presumably “ice,” the street name for methamphetamine hydrochloride. Rollie pissed off a lot of bad guys on both sides of the law, who are busy messing up Murdock’s already messy life. Leaving behind a few bodies—some of them friends—Murdock departs smoggy Newport Beach, California, for cloudy Seattle, Washington, where he hopes to unearth Rollie’s lab. With the help of wannabe detective Louie Chen and a se*xy female acquaintance of Rollie’s, he just might succeed—and find a little romance along the way. That is, if he can keep his hide in one piece. Not easy, when you’ve got the biggest dr*ug kingpin in Seattle on your tail.

Says Ray, “Bringing Murdock to the Pacific Northwest allowed me to focus on landscape, rain-slick streets, gray skies and silvery mountains. Murdock was right at home breathing the rain-fresh air. He discovered that not all victims had to be bikini-clad sun-tanned starlets—UW grad students can go just as wrong as blond beach bunnies and bad guys live on Puget Sound in gated estates behind stone walls while they plot their evil. And Murdock’s got to set things right.”

ROBERT J. RAY is the author of seven previous novels: Cage of Mirrors, The Heart of the Game, Bloody Murdock, Murdock for Hire, The Hitman Cometh, Dial "M" for Murdock, and Merry Christmas, Murdock. A sixth Matt Murdock mystery—Murdock Tackles Taos—in in process. Ray is also the author of a popular non-fiction series on writing, The Weekend Novelist, and he shares writing techniques on writing on his blog: A native of Texas, Ray holds a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. Tuesdays and Fridays, he writes at Louisa’s Bakery and Café in Seattle.

Murdock Cracks Ice is available in 5x8 Trade Paperback and Kindle on,,, and Amazon Japan. Bookstores and libraries can order wholesale through or Ingram. Libraries can also purchase books through Midwest Library Service or Follett Library Services.

ABOUT Camel Press—Based in Seattle Washington, Camel Press is a new imprint owned by Coffeetown Press. Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, hor*ror … or any combination thereof. We publish the books that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.

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