A Taste of Cold Steel

by Barry V. Voss



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 572
ISBN : 9781585000821

About the Book

When Tommy Biscaine, loan shark for the Pavalon crime family, is viciously murdered, the formula for a powerful new drug vanishes. It is the secret formula for Crystal Blue, a drug designed to ease the suffering of terminally ill patients. In reality, Crystal Blue will tighten the Pavalon family's death grip over the hollow lives of addicts. When Biscaine is killed with an ice pick to the skull, two worlds collide.

Johnny Gibson, whose life is squeezed through a junkie's needle, is wrongly charged and pressured to plead guilty to Biscaine's murder. Rico, a psychopathic killer longing for the moment in time when his victim will taste cold steel, chases Gibson through the justice system. Rico, however, doesn't respect the junkie's resolve, born inside a prison cell, to unravel a mystery buried deep in the bowels of the courthouse.

It is Johnny's newfound character, and Rico's steely determination to finish a contract, that propels them toward a lethal confrontation. But it is a courthouse revelation that causes Johnny to hesitate, maybe long enough for Rico to once again slip through the system.

About the Author

Barry V. Voss was chemically dependent and doing time by a young age. At 19, he was a poly-drug user, addicted to morphine, and serving five years at the St. Cloud Reformatory for Men. It was the last stop in a long tour through Minnesota's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

He began college while in prison, enrolled in group therapy at Project Newgate, and was paroled to its campus facility at the University of Minnesota in 1973 where he obtained his bachelor's degree in political science. In 1978, he graduated from Hamline University School of Law. While attending law school, he was among the initial group of paralegals for the Minnesota Legal Advocacy Project to represent state inmates before prison disciplinary hearings.

Before establishing a law practice, Mr. Voss sought and obtained a Pardon Extraordinary from the Minnesota Board of Pardons in 1977. Since admission to the bar in 1978, Mr. Voss has successfully tried cases ranging from possession and distribution of narcotics to first-degree murder, as well as white collar crimes in both state and federal courts.

The author, senior partner of Voss and Hickman, P.A., has lectured in the areas of drug-induced robberies, criminal procedure and insurance fraud. He is also a member of numerous litigation-oriented organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and is included in Who's-Who in American Law. He is a board member of Eden House, a community-based program for chemically dependent felons.