Stream of Death by Bill Stackhouse

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A Catskills community is rocked by a dog who digs up a famous stolen diamond and Sicilians who have sworn a vendetta for a World War II crime. Sicily, World War II. The Allied landing has begun. Will the Italians fight with the Germans, or run? The answer leads a German officer to a murderous act and the theft of a Sicilian family heirloom. Ulster County, New York, the present. The Catskills community is the perfect, peaceful place for a widowed mother to raise her son, work in her brother's pub, and date the chief of police. Young Danny and his ace dog love to fish and make two friends, both old men, who share their stream with him. Nature's generosity and Danny's skill is such that fish becomes a regular menu item at the pub. All goes swimmingly until one day, the dog digs up a pouch containing the long missing Isabela Pendant. More shocking, someone soon shoots the senior gentleman, the one who is married to toothsome Cynthia. He falls into the stream, but a young Protestant priest fishes out the dying man and hears his last confession. Chief McAvoy would like to know what it was, but Fr. John's lips are sealed. In Greene County, just to the north, a luxurious retirement home houses Don Vittorio Gianelli, brother of the long dead Contessa whose dazzling diamond has now reappeared. Chief McAvoy finds this coincidence hard to swallow. But no matter how he prods, no information falls his way. In the end, like a fisherman, he relies upon guile to reel in his killer... This atmospheric and unusually plotted novel balancing hardboiled and softer elements adds up to a knockout debut for Bill Stackhouse.
 

About Bill Stackhouse

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Stackhouse is a mystery writer, playwright, and part-time actor. He works as a scriptwriter for a multimedia production firm.
 
Published August 4, 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press. 188 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Just downstream from the Don’s digs, teenaged fisherman Danny Henderson and his dog dig up a pouch containing, mirabile dictu!, the Isabela Pendant.

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Tying together a Sicilian pendant stolen during WWII, a triple murder and jewel heist in Detroit in the recent past, as well as buried treasure and murder in the present-day Catskills, Bill Stackhouse introduces a strong, likable new police hero in his debut novel, Stream of Death: An Ed McAvoy M...

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Historical Novel Society

The story is set in bucolic Peekamoose Heights, a village tucked somewhere in the Catskills, where former Detroit police captain, Ed McAvoy, is chief of the local police department.

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