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His characters are genuinely flawed and, Carpenter especially, honestly likable. Gruley’s gripping plot unfolds like a piece of investigative journalism…
Many good crime novels appear every month, but few have the depth and poignancy of Starvation Lake, which deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River.
Gruley’s outstanding debut effortlessly incorporates his inside knowledge of both the newspaper business and his hockey avocation into a tale of violence and betrayal that will remind many of Dennis Lehane.
An irresistible combination — a finely crafted tale that combines an insider’s feel for hockey with the twists and turns of a murder mystery.
A beauty. An engrossing picture of small-town America and the passions that simmer beneath its complacent surface. Bryan Gruley: Remember the name.