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Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
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Read in August, 2011

After enduring a sweltering summer here in the armpit of the nation, it was refreshing to read about snow and winter. Alex McKnight, a sometime private investigator in Upper Michigan is sought out one snowbound evening at his favorite bar by his erstwhile nemesis, the town's chief of police. The chief swallows his pride and asks for McKnight's help on a baffling case - the son of a friend and fellow officer has has committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. The chief wants McKnight to do some research to understand what happened. They slowly uncover a string of serial murders, of cops and their children, and are in a race against time to find the killer. A colleague of mine loves this series and has been bugging me to read it, and jumping in at book #8 in the series left me in the lurch regarding some of the back-story but the book reads well as a standalone. Much like James Lee Burke and James Sallis, Hamilton uses the weather, landscape and natural phenomenon to create a vivid setting, where the murders stand in stark contrast to the haunting scenery.
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