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Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
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Dec 31, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-mysteries
Read in December, 2009

Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley, A-minus, narrated by Rich Orlo, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

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 lost the team their only chance at a championship. He takes a job with the local paper one summer and finds he likes investigative journalism, so he goes to college and then manages to get assigned to the Detroit Times, where he works for many years. But he and his paper come to a parting of the ways because he used information that was stolen, unknown to him, by his source. Despite this, he felt ethically bound not to give up his source even when he was threatened with arrest and permanent banning from good newspapers. So he leaves Detroit and comes back to Starvation Lake and takes a job at the local paper. His former team mates are all still there and they give him a fair amount of teasing for coming back home. While he was in Detroit, the beloved coach had a snowmobile accident and was killed. He sank to the bottom of the lake but was never found. Because the snowmobile is found soon after he comes home, he becomes involved in trying to determine whether or not the coach was killed, and who did it. He is reluctantly dragged into a scandal which involves many of his former team mates and neighbors, and maybe even his family. This is an excellent book which just builds and builds as time goes on. This is a debut novel and I’ll look forward to more from this author.

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