The Wheat Field

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Onyx, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Deputy Pennington of Kickapoo Falls, Wisconsin, must embark on a murder investigation when the bodies of Maggie and Michael Butler are found in a wheat field, plunging him into a labyrinth of strange twists and turns that helps him solve the murder, but unexpectedly leads him to an assassination plot set for election night. Reprint.

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User Review  - theWallflower - LibraryThing

This is probably the best thing I read in two months. It's got some plot elements that are sensational -- 1950's pornography, threesomes, presidential assassinations, small town conspiracies -- but it ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

There are hardly ever any murders in Kickapoo Falls, Wisconsin - bucolic vacation retreat in the Wisconsin Dells, and home of the politically powerful Kickapoo Gunn Club. In 1960 however, the naked ... Read full review

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Steve Thayer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and continues to make his home in the suburb city of Edina.  Wolf Pass is his sixth novel, and continues the story of Wisconsin-local Deputy Pennington, who, now in secluded retirement, narrates his experiences working for the Kickapoo Falls sheriff's department in the 1960s. 


His first book, published in 1994, is titled Saint Mudd.  His second book and a national best seller, The Weatherman was published first in Hardcover in 1995 and then paperback in 1996.  Silent Snow followed to rave reviews as well.


Steve always thoroughly researches his novels.  In once instance, he took a part time job with a local weatherman to learn the ins-and-outs of weather for his upcoming novel.  For Wolf Pass, Steve researched German prisoner-of-war camps located in Wisconsin during WWII. 

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