By Charles Winecoff
August 20, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Silent Snow

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SILENT SNOW Steve Thayer (Viking, $24.95) A moody sequel to the 1995 thriller The Weatherman that involves everything but the kitchen sink — a copycat Lindbergh kidnapping, ghosts, a Nazi femme fatale, a monstrous, black-clad assassin straight out of the WWF — Silent Snow maneuvers the fine line between highbrow suspense and lowbrow pulp. This time around, disfigured Vietnam vet-turned-ace reporter Rick Beanblossom must probe the abduction of his own child, seized on the anniversary of the infamous baby snatching. Thayer’s thoughtful intertwining of the present crime with 1932 flashbacks is only undermined by campy, gothic set pieces seemingly inspired by classic Universal horror films. B — Charles Winecoff

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