Winter in the Heart by David Poyer

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"Dark and gritty as a gravel road." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“A searing novel of corporate corruption and justice denied.” – Jay Parini

“A wonderfully affirmative novel written with grace, style, and verve.” – Florida Times-Union

“A novel of astonishing depth and power.” – Jack Anderson

“A courtroom thriller with vividly imagined and deftly rendered characters.” – Publishers Weekly

Reclusive hermit and ex-hunter W. T. Halvorsen is a scapegoat for the crimes of the rich and the mighty in remote Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Dragged into a courtroom in shackles, he must convince a judge and jury that everything they believe about their government and their town's chief employer is a lie. His only friends outside the courtroom are a jilted young beautician and a suicidal teenager. But saving his life could cost their own.

An epic tale of crime, corruption and environmental destruction, and of one honest man's fight for the truth.

David Poyer’s least-known body of work may be his Hemlock County series, set in a Faulknerian imaginary county in Western Pennsylvania. The first was THE DEAD OF WINTER (Tor Books); the second, WINTER IN THE HEART (Forge). AS THE WOLF LOVES WINTER was an alternate selection of The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN, a historical novel set in Depression-era Pennsylvania, was released by Forge Books/St Martin’s Press, and received starred reviews from all three major reviewing agencies. Poyer currently teaches in the MA/MFA Creative Writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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David Poyer, 1949 - Writer David Poyer was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, in 1949, and grew up in the towns of Brockway, Emlenton, and Bradford in western Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school and then attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduating in 1971. He received a master's degree from George Washington University. Poyer's active and reserve service have included sea duty in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific and shore duty at the Pentagon, as well as other commands. He has served on the USS Bowen, Comphibron Eight, USS Charleston, USS Antrim, Surface Warfare Development Group, U.S. Atlantic Command and as Captain for the U.S. Naval Reserve at Joint Forces Command. Poyer has taught or lectured at Annapolis, Flagler College, University of Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the University of North Florida. He's been a guest on PBS's "Writer to Writer" series and on Voice of America. Poyer has written the Navy novels "The Med," "The Gulf," "The Circle," "The Passage," and "Tomahawk." He has also written the historical thriller "The Only Thing to Fear" and the comic novel of Annapolis "The Return of Philo T. McGiffin." "Thunder on the Mountain" is a historical novel set in 1936; and set in the Pennsylvania hills, are the titles "The Dead of Winter," "Winter in the Heart" and "As the Wolf Loves Winter.
Published December 31, 2011 by Northampton House. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He's recently improved his cash-flow situation by filling emptied oil trucks with pesky toxic industrial waste (mob controlled, of course) from New Jersey, which he has his drivers dump along the roadsides of his own community.

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Poyer, whose sea-based adventure tales ( The Gulf ) have earned him a large audience (and three million books in print) comes ashore with this absorbing tale in which three unlikely heroes battle corporate depravity and industrial abuse in rural Pennsylvania.

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