From Amazon: "If society has the B-list celebrities it deserves, it now has a killer to match. Except that Simon Darcourt is a great deal more successful in his career choice than the average talent show contestant. He's also got the media taped — by the simple expedient of by-passing them completely and posting real-time coverage of his killings on the internet. He's got viewing figures to make the world's TV executives gasp in envy, and he's pulling the voyeuristic strings of every viewer by getting them to 'vote' to keep his captives alive."
A Snowball in Hell provides examples of the following tropes:
- Asshole Victim: The Black Spirit's excuse.
- Babies Ever After: Angelique and Zal. Justified since you could see it coming if you were paying attention.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Black Spirit gets in on this
- Fair Cop: Angelique.
- Faking the Dead: The Black Spirit
- Let's You and Him Fight
- Luke, You Are My Father: A major plot point.
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Angelique. As represented by the big clock in Central Station.
- Married to the Job: Angelique, although her priorities change over the course of the novel as Zal comes back into her life.DS Shaw: As the Lady said, there are three people in this marriage, Detective.
- Not My Driver: Simon pulls this on a number of people.
- Papa Wolf: Simon is this towards his son, despite never having met him."The idea of someone harming him didn't just worry me, it offended me."
- Reality TV:
- Unexplained Recovery: Guess who?
- Unfazed Everyman: Cameo by Raymond Ash.
- Villain Protagonist: Partly.
- Will They or Won't They?: Angeligue and Zal.