Starvation Lake

Bryan Gruley, Author . Touchstone $14 (370p) ISBN 978-1-4165-6362-4

Gruley's outstanding debut effortlessly incorporates his inside knowledge of both the newspaper business and his hockey avocation into a tale of violence and betrayal that will remind many of Dennis Lehane. After crossing an ethical line while writing an investigative series for the Detroit Times , reporter Gus Carpenter has returned to his hometown of Starvation Lake, Mich., to work for the local paper, whose stories mostly reflect the pedestrian and placid nature of smalltown life. That changes when evidence surfaces that the town's legendary hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, who disappeared after an apparent snowmobile accident a decade earlier, was actually murdered. Carpenter's reopening of the case, which has personal resonance for him (he'd been the goalie for the amateur boys' team Blackburn coached), shakes all sorts of skeletons loose. Gruley, the Wall Street Journal 's Chicago bureau chief, has a gift for making all his characters, from the leads to the bit players, realistic. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/19/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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