The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 3, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
19 Reviews
WHEN GRACIE McBRIDE, the wild girl who had left town eighteen years earlier, is found dead in an apparent suicide shortly after her homecoming, it sends shock waves through her native Starvation Lake. Gus Carpenter, executive editor of the Pine County Pilot, sets out to solve the mystery with the help of his old flame and now girlfriend, Pine County sheriff deputy Darlene Esper. As Gus and Darlene investigate, they can’t help but question if Gracie’s troubled life really ended in suicide or if the suspicious crime-scene evidence adds up to murder.

But in such a small town it’s impossible to be an impartial investigator—Gracie was Gus’s second cousin; Darlene’s best friend; and the lover of Gus’s oldest pal, Soupy Campbell. Yet with all the bad blood between Gus and Gracie over the years, Gus is easily distracted by other problems. His employer is trying to push him out, the locals are annoyed that his stories have halted construction on a new hockey rink, and Darlene’s estranged husband has returned to reclaim his wife.

When Gus tries to retrace Gracie’s steps to discover what happened to her in the eighteen years she was away from Starvation Lake, he’s forced to return to Detroit, the scene of his humiliating past. And though he’s determined to find out what drove Gracie back home, Gus is unprepared for the terrible secrets he uncovers.

The second book in Bryan Gruley’s irresistible Starvation Lake series, The Hanging Tree is a compelling story about family and friendship, sex and violence, and the failure of love to make everything right.

 
  

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Review: The Hanging Tree (Starvation Lake Mystery #2)

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

There was so much build up to the final 'who dunnit' and then it just kinda fizzled and ended. However, I do like how Gruley spins his tale and enjoy the characters. And the little turns in ... Read full review

Review: The Hanging Tree (Starvation Lake Mystery #2)

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

My claim in a movie review formerly featured on another website of how recent genres of fiction has treated the game of hockey, I held out the hope that someday someone would find the perfected ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
30
Section 4
40
Section 5
45
Section 6
51
Section 7
66
Section 8
83
Section 16
178
Section 17
195
Section 18
206
Section 19
216
Section 20
228
Section 21
240
Section 22
257
Section 23
275

Section 9
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Section 10
112
Section 11
128
Section 12
137
Section 13
155
Section 14
163
Section 15
168
Section 24
285
Section 25
297
Section 26
307
Section 27
313
Section 28
315
Section 29
327
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About the author (2010)

Bryan Gruley is reporter at large for Bloomberg News and the former Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. He has won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel. He lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit BryanGruley.com.

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