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Bryan Gruley

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in Detroit, The United States


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Bryan Gruley is the critically acclaimed author of Starvation Lake: A Mystery, The Hanging Tree, and the fortchoming sequel, The Skeleton Box.

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 nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand Awards. Reviewers have favorably compared Bryan to novelist Dennis Lehane.

Secretly, though, Bryan would love to be compared favorably to Detroit Red Wings stars Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk. He’s been playing hockey since he was a


Life is good when you can skate into the beer tent.

The tent sits on a frozen lake ringed by snow-covered pines in the tiny town of Plaster Rock in New Brunswick, Canada. Each February, a dozen of us travel hundreds of miles there to skate in the World Pond Hockey Championship.

I’ve been playing hockey for more than forty years, since my dad taught me to skate on the outdoor rink at RougePark in... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.62 · 5,782 ratings · 1,051 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
Starvation Lake

3.67 avg rating — 2,490 ratings — published 2009 — 15 editions
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The Hanging Tree

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The Skeleton Box (Starvatio...

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Paper Losses

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Inherit the Dead

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Starvation Lake The Hanging Tree The Skeleton Box
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The Skeleton Box by Bryan Gruley
"The third and latest in a very good series set in tiny Starvation Lake, a town in northern Michigan. The editor of the local newspaper tells this story of corruption, local history, and sudden death. The characters are solid and real, the plotting..." Read more of this review »
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"Bryan Gruley is another new to me author. The Skeleton Box is the third book in Gruley's Starvation Lake series.

Starvation Lake is a quiet, small town in Michigan where nothing dangerous really ever happens, but a recent series of break-ins has th..." Read more of this review »
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“But who can divine the workings of a single human heart? Who really knows what a person thinks and believes when he or she decides to do whatever they do?”
Bryan Gruley, The Hanging Tree

“But on the night I changed his life, I sat with my feet up and a beer in my hand and decided that if something could make me feel this good for even one night, and it didn't hurt anyone who didn't deserve to be hurt, maybe it was something I could actually do, something I might actually be good at, something that might actually make somebody proud of me.”
Bryan Gruley, Starvation Lake

“The true goal of capitalism is monopoly. That is all-total control of whatever market it is you choose to enter, so that you can do with it what you wish...”
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Bryan Sure thing, Doris.

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Doris Pearson Thank you for becoming my friend..

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Bryan You're gonna be there? Great. I look forward to meeting you!

Connie Looking forward to your discussion at the Printers Row Lit Fair in Chicago next week!

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