The Waking by Mike Nichols
A Novel of Suspense

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To all who have met them, Will and Sandy are the golden couple, and their lives in a small midwestern town couldn't be better. Sandy is a beautiful, wealthy, and caring lawyer who works with the underprivileged. Will is a laid-back newspaper reporter, madly in love with his wife.

But when a terrible automobile crash leaves Sandy in a coma, Will is devastated. Or is he? Suddenly, nothing is as it seems. In reality, the couple wasn't nearly as happy as everyone believed. They'd recently patched up their marriage after Sandy's brief infidelity. Then, as Will is struggling to come to terms with Sandy's condition, the body of her ex-lover is found. He'd been murdered. Events begin to spin out of control, and all eyes are on Will. Is he involved? Or are these tragic events just coincidence? To their shock, the people who think they know the facts are about to discover the truth.

The Waking is a twisty debut thriller in which an apparent accident unleashes a chain of catastrophic events.


About Mike Nichols

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Mike Nichols is a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Waking is his first novel.
Published June 1, 2002 by William Morrow. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Droughton, a small town near Minneapolis, it was common knowledge that Will Dunby had stepped up in class when he married Sandy Cross.

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He's more successful with the humanistic elements—found in scenes concerning Stone Soup, a women's shelter for which Sandy provided legal counsel, as well as in the ongoing discussions between Will and Sandy's mother about euthanasia, which demonstrate a nice ear for human foibles.

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While the author¹s depiction of the details of the troubled marriage of Will and Sandy rings achingly true, and are, in fact, a believable bridge to the murder mystery, his handling of the murder and ensuing court case are something of a failure, because the crime and its motives fail to reveal a...

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