Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
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Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Harlan Coben meets early Dennis Lehane in this “smashing debut thriller” (Chicago Tribune), set in a small northern Michigan town by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.

In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake—the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation’s legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder.

Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times. In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town’s past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets—secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.
 

About Bryan Gruley

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Bryan Gruley is reporter at large for Bloomberg News and the former Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. He has won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel. He lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit BryanGruley.com.
 
Published February 11, 2009 by Touchstone. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Ten years after it disappears beneath the icy waters of Starvation Lake, a beloved hockey coach's snowmobile is found in another lake.

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Examiner

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Jul 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Starvation Lake: A Mystery

Examiner

With vague hockey references, not too detailed for those uninterested-yet detailed enough for those with in-depth knowledge of the game, “Starvation Lake” eloquently explains life in a small hockey town.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Gus Carpenter is back in Starvation Lake, and he's not thrilled to be there.

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BellaOnline

Jack Blackburn, Starvation Lake’s legendary junior hockey coach, disappeared when his snowmobile fell through the ice on Starvation Lake;

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Mysterious Reviews

Jack Blackburn was more than a coach: he was a mentor to the boys of Starvation, a small town in the upper region of the lower peninsula of Michigan.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

I’d gone off to Detroit so that someday I might be able to come back to Starvation and walk up to Elvis and tell him, “ Why don’t you go to hell, so what if I lost a stupid hockey game years ago?

May 16 2010 | Read Full Review of Starvation Lake: A Mystery

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However if you are looking for a meaty novel where the characters are very human and occasionally vile, where there is plenty of back story and long descriptive scenes leading to powerful dialogue and emotional impact for the characters and readers, along with multiple mysteries, this is the book...

Dec 13 2009 | Read Full Review of Starvation Lake: A Mystery

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The Skeleton Box: A Starvation Lake Mystery is the third book in the series and opens in March 2000 with somebody breaking into houses in Starvation Lake on bingo nights.

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Portland Book Review

Gus Carpenter’s life has settled down since he returned to his hometown of Starvation Lake, Michigan.

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