Journalist's New Contemporary Novel Thrusts the Reader into the Complex Corporate World, Unraveling a Plot to Kill an “Iceman”

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"The Iceman Checks Out" by veteran journalist and author, Linda Spear, explores the heart-stopping motive for the murder of a corporate axman.

Set in the complicated and sometimes dangerous world of international business, “The Iceman Checks Out” is a highly-charged novel of mystery and intrigue. Who killed Robert Bryce Swain, and why?

“The Iceman Checks Out,” is the second novel by Linda Spear. The story takes place in a small village on the Hudson River, where a multi-national corporation is about to undergo a massive downsize.

Until recent events at work and the arrival of a new vice president, Lydia Barrett, Manager of External Communications at Clearview Chemicals, thought that the quote “Nothing is certain but death and taxes” was indisputable. But after her recent experience with imminent corporate downsizing, she found herself adding that nothing is even more certain in the world of business than downsizing.

Robert Bryce Swaine, the newly hired vice-president, had no idea that his first week on the job would be his last week on earth. The new boss’ ability to make enemies was evident, especially when it was rumored that he planned to fire an entire department of capable professionals in an extremely short period of time.

Soon, every corporate employee who worked at the company felt threatened and their peace of mind was shattered as terrifying incidents became an everyday event.

One Sunday night, while working in his palatial corner office, Swaine was struck with a fatal blow to his head. Clearly, someone had been pushed over the edge.

Along with chief detective Joe Ruschak, Lydia becomes heavily involved in the follow-up investigation and the ever-growing list of potential suspects. She is haunted by the feeling that major clues to the murder lead to someone she knows. What she doesn’t know is that the killer is even closer to her than she ever could have dreamed.

“The Iceman Checks Out,” by Linda Spear, is available for sale online at, Barnes and,, as well as wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author:

Linda Spear is an author and a journalist with over 30 years of communications experience. She is a veteran contributing writer for The New York Times where she reported primarily on evolving health and human interest issues. Spear has also served as a manager of corporate communications and a media spokesperson in routine and crisis situations, and has been a ghost writer for several medical specialists in their areas of expertise. Her first novel, “I Know You by Heart” met with critical acclaim. She lives in Somers, NY with her husband, Jay and “muttigree,” Sherry.

Linda Spear
Email: lmspear80(at)aol(dot)com
Phone: (914) 617-9195

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