Starvation Lake (Starvation Lake Mystery #1)
The small town of Starvation Lake has had better days. Due to Coach Blackburn raising up a bunch of kids from the town into a competitor for the state hockey title, Starvation Lake become a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, the team lost their one chance at the title and Coach Blackburn died in a snowmobile accident several years later.
Enter the main character, Gus Carpenter, in which the story is told in his first person narrative...more
The hockey coach died 10 years prior to Gus's return in a snowmobile accident. He was skimming (sledding over open water)...more
Starvation Lake centers around the town of the same name. Gus Carpenter is the editor of the lo...more
In hockey when a goal is scored the announcer usually yells, "He Shoots - He Scores". Well I believe that yell could very well sum up Bryan Gruley and "Starvation Lake".
There is a lot of hockey in this book and will defintely appeal to hockey fans, but it will also appeal...more
“You can never look into their eyes. Not once. Not for a second. Not if
you’re a goaltender, like me. Because the guy shooting the puck wants you to
look there. Then he’ll glance one way and shoot the other, or he’ll draw your
eyes up just as he snaps the puck between your legs. Or he’ll lock on you
just long enough to remind you that he knows exactly what he’s about to do and
you don’t, THAT YOU’RE JUST WISHING AND HOPING THAT YOU’LL GUESS RIGHT. THAT
YOU’RE NOT AT ALL IN CONTROL.”
It is those last co...more
Gus was an athlete through highschool. He and the other boys on his team worshiped the coach who made it possible for their team to get to the finals. But then through a series of mishaps, they lost the last game. People blame Gus because he wasn’t able to stop the scoring of a goal. It’s a small town, Starvation Lake, in lower Michigan, and no one will let him forget that he...more
Gus Carpenter grew up in the small summer-resort town of Salvation Lake, Michigan, and was goalie for the town’s ice hockey team. He was hoping to become a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist in Detroit when his beloved boyhood hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, died by drowning in a snowmobiling accident.
Now, five year’s later, Gus was fired from his job in Detroit, and is back as assistant editor of the Salvation...more
Although the story, as conceived, is an interesting one, the protagonist/local reporter...more
Read because it was nominated for Edgar Best First Novel, otherwise not sure I'd have chosen it. I do like Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series (also located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula) and thought this might be a good contrast.
The character of Gus Carpenter was well developed and I look forward to reading another story of his growth into adulthood and as a newspaper editor. It's hard to imagine how much more scandal and mayhem might be possible in a small town like Starvation Lake, but it...more
Gus, who loses his job as a reporter in Detroit, comes home to Starvation Lake to work at the...more
Gus Carpenter, the editor of the local paper, has had a shaky past with this town. He recently returned from a job at the “Detroit Times“, after a disgraceful scandal and is...more
Gus Carpenter returns to Starvation Lake after working as a reporter in Detroit and getting into trouble by withholding the source of one of his stories.
Gus runs "The Pilot," a local newspaper and when a snowmobile washes up at Walleye Lake, Gus goes to the scene. Sheriff Dengus Aho refuses to give him any information but later, the vehicle is identified as that of missing hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, who hasn't been seen since 1988.
Gus assignes his reporter, Joanie McCarthy to invest...more
I read a lot of mysteries/thrillers. The challenge for me is not being able to completely figure out the crux of the story before it unfolds, which happens more often than I'd like. With this book, although I had some suspicions about some of what had occurred, most of the story's resolution and...more
The Hanging Tree is nominated for Anthony and Barry Awards to be awarded in September at the Bouchercon mystery/thriller convention. Writer/director John Gray has optioned the book for a feature film.
Starvation Lake, now in its eleventh printing, was nominat...more