Starvation Lake

Starvation Lake In the dead of a Michigan winter pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling small town of Starvation Lake the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation s legendary hockey coach years ear

  • Title: Starvation Lake
  • Author: Bryan Gruley
  • ISBN: 9781416563624
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation s legendary hockey coach years earlier But everybody knows Coach Blackburn s accident happened five miles away on a different lake As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from thIn the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation s legendary hockey coach years earlier But everybody knows Coach Blackburn s accident happened five miles away on a different lake As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing murder Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach s dreams and earning the town s enmity Now he s investigating the murder of his former coach But even unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town s past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.

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    About "Bryan Gruley"

    1. Bryan Gruley

      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 boy growing up in Detroit, and still plays regularly at Johnny s Ice House in Chicago.Hockey plays a big role in the life of the fictional town of Starvation Lake, as do two of Bryan s other passions, northern Michigan and newspapers.He loves to visit his Dad s cottage on Big Twin Lake in Michigan s northern lower peninsula a few miles from the real Starvation Lake When he s not skating or spending time with his wife Pam and their three kids, he s a reporter at large for Bloomberg Businessweek, after spending nearly 16 years as a reporter, editor and Chicago Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal.After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, Bryan worked for newspapers in Brighton, Howell, Kalamazoo and Detroit, Michigan, before joining the Journal s Washington Bureau in 1995 He was won numerous awards for his writing and reporting He wrote one of the front page stories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that won the Journal a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News War Stories, his November 25, 2003, tale about a black World War II lieutenant who saved a young Holocaust victim, was an alternate finalist in the Pulitzer feature writing category.He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pam They have three grown children, Joel, Kaitlin and Danielle.


    1. 4,5 starsA very good written mystery No wonder, this book was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and won the Anthony, Barry and Strand Awards Multi layered plot, excellent 1st person POV, unexpected turns, great portrayed characters, atmospheric and pretty enthralling mystery You don t need to be an ice hockey expert to enjoy it, but if you like or at least understand how to play ice hockey, it could be helpful.

    2. I was drawn to this book by the title, Starvation Lake My family has had a cabin for over 40 years in that area, and my interest was peaked immediately After I finished the book, I was even pleased to learn that the author has a cabin Big Twin Lake, just like me The mystery is very well written, and there was than one surprise I highly recommend to any mystery fan, but it will be a special treat for those that are familiar with this area of Michigan I enjoyed reading about the different roads, [...]

    3. Excellent Debut One of the Must Reads of 2009.Brief Synopsis The small town of Starvation Lake has had better days Due to Coach Blackburn raising up a bunch of kids from the town into a competitor for the state hockey title, Starvation Lake become a tourist attraction Unfortunately, the team lost their one chance at the title and Coach Blackburn died in a snowmobile accident several years later.Enter the main character, Gus Carpenter, in which the story is told in his first person narrative Carp [...]

    4. Starvation Lake is a highly atmospheric novel, with memorable characters and a swiftly moving plot Bryan Gruley writes so convincingly about small town life that the book, at some points, aspires to literary fiction He also writes so well about hockey that it could be a poignant coming of age sports narrative Instead, it chooses to be a mystery, but only manages to be a fairly decent addition to the genre.Although the story, as conceived, is an interesting one, the protagonist local reporter is [...]

    5. First time novelist Bryan Gruley though seasoned writer he s the Chicago Bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal creates fascinating,multifaceted, believable characters in this book that you just KNOW you d recognize if you walked past them on the street Their quirks and their mysteries draw you in, as does the overlying story of new details emerging, literally, from the depths about the death of a beloved hockey coach Presumed an accident, when bullet ridden evidence washes ashore 10 yearslate [...]

    6. A very good first book in a series, a well drawn mystery, with hockey , journalism, and interesting characters I ll read another

    7. First Sentence The cast iron railing wobbled in his hand as he climbed the porch steps.Gus Carpenter grew up in the small summer resort town of Salvation Lake, Michigan, and was goalie for the town s ice hockey team He was hoping to become a Pulitzer prize winning journalist in Detroit when his beloved boyhood hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, died by drowning in a snowmobiling accident Now, five year s later, Gus was fired from his job in Detroit, and is back as assistant editor of the Salvation Pi [...]

    8. Fantastic Aleady downloaded and started The Hanging Tree Read it in a day It was so suspenseful couldn t put it down Looking forward to from this author Gus Carpenter and the characters from Starvation Lake were fabulously written The plot engaging Thought I might be put off at first with the ice hockey theme that ran through out, but nothing could be farther from the truth Haven t enjoyed a book this much since Faithful Place Definitely will recommend this book to friends.

    9. Too much hockey This would have been better as a novella The primary plot was buried in hockey pucks In the end, I was reminded of an old time mystery ploy where everyone gathered in the library where the villain s are revealed

    10. Gus Carpenter left Starvation Lake to make a name for himself and to exonerate himself for a shame that had been lain on his shoulders when he was a boy playing hockey He d nearly done it too, but circumstances landed him back in his hometown, his image and reputation as a newspaper reporter tarnished He works as an editor for the local paper in town, where his bosses prefer softer news to hard hitting stories When new evidence surfaces about the death of his childhood hockey coach who had died [...]

    11. This is Gruley s first book and is set in northern Michigan The protagonist Gus Carpenter is a journalist editor who has returned to his hometown of Starvation Lake after leaving for the big city of Detroit where he ran into a little ethical trouble This book recounts Gus growing up years on the local hockey team and the mystery of some doings in Starvation Lake that occurred back in those days I don t want to say for fear of spoiling things The characters drove this story for me I liked all of [...]

    12. Great story and mystery I live in Michigan and so many of the places and references were familiar to me I also love hockey which was a theme in this book This was a page turner and I really liked the characters and character development I literally did not want to put it down and was crazy with the anticipation of the ending, but still enjoyed the story and the new details and twists that kept popping up The characters were very believable and even though it had some very gritty subject matter.I [...]

    13. Gus played hockey in Starvation Lake s youth league After his failure as a reporter in Detroit he gets a job at the Starvation Lake Pilot as assistant editor After the snowmobile of a hockey coach who has been missing for ten years washes up on the wrong lake, he and one of his reporters investigate uncovering hidden secrets and unwanted facts about the coach and the town.

    14. Reporter returns home to small town where he lost a state championship hockey match and still plays hockey with his buds Body of his former coach shows up, but not where it s supposed to be Too foul mouthed for my taste.

    15. Excellent debut mystery This book was nominated for both the Edgar and the Anthony for best first Novel Really enjoyed the small town Michigan setting and the mix of sports and suspense.

    16. Brian Gruley s debut novel Starvation Lake starts slowly but picks up at around the half way point It is there that it delves into some dark, unpleasant topics and a subject matter that may turn some readers off, understandably At the risk of possibly giving away some spoilers, I ll refrain from mentioning what that subject matter is, just that it is vital to the storyline and cuts to the heart of the motive Gruley handles it gracefully, though, and does not trivialize the issue by turning it in [...]

    17. 4.5 stars.Gus Carpenter returns to Starvation Lake after working as a reporter in Detroit and getting into trouble by withholding the source of one of his stories.Gus runs The Pilot, a local newspaper and when a snowmobile washes up at Walleye Lake, Gus goes to the scene Sheriff Dengus Aho refuses to give him any information but later, the vehicle is identified as that of missing hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, who hasn t been seen since 1988.Gus assignes his reporter, Joanie McCarthy to investiga [...]

    18. 2.5 stars I picked up the book because I saw The Hanging Tree, which looked interesting Then I saw it was the second in the series, so hunted down the first one This book was compared to Denis Lehane, one of my favorites, and had a quote from Harlan Coben my favorite thriller writer on the cover Sorry to say, it was a let down The book takes place in northern MI, with some back story in Detroit My stomping grounds, I should love it, right This writer has a bad habit of going off on tangents Then [...]

    19. A good first novel mystery Not perfect, but pretty darn good for a first book The author is a journalist, and the training is happily evident as he writes well and generally moves the story along The locale is the town and lake of Starvation Lake, up north in Michigan being a non up north Michigander, it was fun, as always, to read a book set in nearby geography The book includes a prologue that s never really explained, not clearly anyway, but it s short so keep reading and forget the prologue [...]

    20. As a mystery novel aficionado i have often found that, even allowing for the detective s prowess at their job, they are often too omniscient in regards to their case or posses inhumanely accurate instincts Trap , our protagonist in this story, falls into neither of those categories In fact I understood at least part of the big picture before he did This bothered me at first, I was used to my main characters figuring out the mystery before I even had an inkling, but then I realized that it was co [...]

    21. This was good In large part, it was very good I think he captured the feel of a dead end newspaper guy in a small northern Michigan town really well, and I thought most of the characters had good honest voices But man I won t say much because I d be giving away too much of the mystery s resolution, but he uses a plot point that I am really quite over in good mystery books In fact, I finished this maybe two weeks ago but have waited to write about it, hoping I could get objective about the denou [...]

    22. When 32 yr old journalist Gus Carpenter returns to work at his hometown paper after several years at a big newspaper in Detroit, it is a bittersweet time for him He is bored until parts of a snowmobile wash up on Walleye Lake and it is determined to be the lost snowmobile of the much beloved former hockey coach, Jack Blackburn, presumed dead for many years But Coach drowned on Starvation Lake, not Walleye What s going on And why is there a bullet found in the vehicle Thus begins Gus s quest to u [...]

    23. While reading the first half of this book, I was ready to give it five stars It really has a lot going for it It reads like Richard Russo but with a plot Small town prodigal son, great cast of characters, really clear sense of place Then something happened, which for the two long time followers of my reviews will somewhat spoil the plot That thing that I don t like to read about Turns out the book is about it That said, it s handled much better here than in just about any other book I ve read I [...]

    24. As a lifelong Michigan resident, I was able to immediately pinpoint the area this book is based in As a long time hockey fan, I figured out the plot within 20 pages, and had no trouble identifying the incident s it was based on No matter This was an entertaining book, and an excellent first effort Not up to snuff with my favorite Michigan series written by Steve Hamilton, but still pretty darn good.

    25. I originally hail from Michigan although further south than this story s setting , so I appreciate the local color and Gruley s perfectly Michiganian setback for Gus in his final race to the answers But what really makes this here is that while you ll likely catch on early to Gus s most obvious oversights in memory, Gruley twists the plot a few times thereafter as he draws in greater depth.

    26. This book won The Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 2010 and was a very well written story There were many threads that were interwoven throughout in a story that took place over 30 years I will definitely be on the watch for future books by Bryan Gruley I gave it 4 s.

    27. I have been waiting 3 years to read this highly praised book I m glad I finally got around to it Starvation Lake is a well written story with intriguing characters and mystery I m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, The Hanging Tree.

    28. This book was very engaging and real The criminal subject matter was difficult for me to read about, but it s part of what makes the book what it is.

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