White Friday by Ray Jordan is ostensibly a story about Glenn Wallace, a graduate student living in a coed dorm along with both graduate and undergraduate students, who has something of a crush on a neighbor, Ashley. Glenn finds Ashley’s lifeless body in the elevator as he’s coming from the laundry room. He calls the cops, and is told that the post-Thanksgiving snow will cause a long delay in the EMT arrival, so he is to protect the body.
Things begin to get complicated when Glenn starts to receive texts from Ashley’s phone, and he finds that the body has disappeared.
White Friday has all the elements of a classic nail biter thriller; a missing corpse, a possible homicidal maniac somewhere in the dorm, and a sexy femme fatale out to seduce the reluctant hero. It has gritty, realistic dialogue, and characters that are totally believable. So, why do I only give it three stars? Well, for starters, the author jumps from one character’s point of view to another, sometimes in mid-page, in a way that caused me to have to skip back to pick up my train of thought. In a word, at times, the story became confusing due to Jordan’s effort to introduce clues or information in the possession of someone other than Glenn, who is the main protagonist.
A minor point, admittedly, but it pulls an otherwise excellent story down to the just good category, and I have no doubt that Jordan can, and will in future, do much better than this.