*** stars In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake. It is the former hockey coach's snowmobile that went through the ice on a different lake years earlier, accidentally killing him. The evidence from the snowmobile says one thing, however. Coach Blackburn was murdered. 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 hockey championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. Even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town's history that he finds and the growing suspicion that those gaps may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep. Good page turner. First in a series. Recommend.
Very enjoyable debut novel, which begins the "Starvation Lake" series (three titles so far). // Lots of intrigue, lies, and secrets in fictional small-town Michigan: so much is not what it appears to be, and there are lots of skeletons in various closets. // Interesting plot lines with flawed, nuanced, sympathetic, and believable characters.
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