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Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
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Jul 13, 09

bookshelves: sports, fiction
Read in July, 2009

I was really excited to read Starvation Lake because of its Michigan author and setting, and I wasn't disappointed. The people, atmosphere and weather of a small Northern Michigan town are well represented here, warts and all. Gruley's main character Gus was very sympathetic and lifelike because of his twin passions for hockey and journalism. Some of the little details in Starvation Lake, like the old Bonneville car with the Bob Seger music, the numerous hockey superstitions and the bar with the old hockey photos on the walls, added to the depth and realism of the novel.

As for the mystery elements of the plot, I saw the first major revelation about Coach Blackburn's past coming from a mile away, but I was totally floored by the subsequent plot twists and, once I got about 50 pages from the end of the book, literally could not put it down.

I'm looking forward in anticipation to Gruley's second novel after reading this first one.

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