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Starvation Lake: A Mystery

15 Ratings: 1.9
A book by Bryan Gruley

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 … see full wiki

Author: Bryan Gruley
Genre: Accessories, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Touchstone (March 3, 2009)
9 reviews about Starvation Lake: A Mystery
review by . May 29, 2010
Gus Carpenter returns to his hometown of Starvation Lake after working as a reporter in Detroit and getting into trouble by withholding the source of one of his stories.  He currently runs "The Pilot," a local newspaper.      He's notified about a snowmobile being found at Walleye Lake. When he arrives at the scene, Sheriff Dingus Aho refuses to give him any information. However, Gus finds that the vehicle is similar to that of legendary hockey coach, Jack …
review by . December 13, 2009
The plan was to leave Starvation Lake, Michigan and never come back. But 1998 finds Augustus Carpenter, known to all as "Gus" back home after his successful newspaper career exploded on him in Detroit. Both he and the town are still haunted by the goal he let in close to the end of the state championship game and both have never been the same.     Now at thirty four, Gus is backing home, once again working for the local paper, Pilot. He lives in a small apartment above the storefront …
review by . August 18, 2009
Chicago Wall Street Journal bureau chief Gruley has hit on a winning combination for his debut novel - visceral amateur hockey and in-your-face small-town newspapering.    Narrator Gus Carpenter, goalie and editor of the Pilot, isn't too happy about either role. He had escaped insular Starvation Lake, Michigan, and landed a job at the Detroit News intending never to look back. But the big story that was supposed to win him a Pulitzer earned him a one-way ticket back home in disgrace …
review by . March 11, 2009
I've always enjoyed mysteries. The problem is that there seem to be more cliches per page in the genre than in almost any other. Not so with journalist Bryan Gruley's first novel though, which is why I really enjoyed Starvation Like.      Gus Carpenter is a newspaper reporter who's lost his job at the Detroit Times and returned to the small, seen-better-days summer resort town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan he grew up in to take a job as editor at the small local paper. Years …
review by . May 07, 2009
This book has a very "Mystic River" feel to it. Even the titles are similar as they both reference bodies of water. Gus Carpenter is a reporter for the local newspaper (The Pilot). One day he spies the police recovering what looks like the snowmobile that belonged to his hockey coach (Blackburn) who supposedly drowned in Starvation Lake several years earlier. As Gus tries to investigate the details of what actually happened to Blackburn, everybody seems to not want to talk to him from the police …
review by . April 10, 2009
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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. Carpenter was …
review by . March 26, 2009
Starvation Lake by Bryan Gulley is the first in what promises to be a good series involving Gus Carpenter, editor of the Starvaton Lake newspaper. Starvation Lake is a small town in Michigan, replete with small town characters and small town mysteries. Years ago, the town's beloved hockey coach disappeared in a snowmobile accident on a nearby lake. When his snowmobile washes ashore on the shore of the wrong lake, Carpenter starts to investigate and uncovers disturbing indications that the coach …
review by . March 14, 2009
I had a feeling that I would really enjoy Starvation Lake. I have spent several years in northern Michigan plus I am a big fan of hockey... "Starvation Lake' fuses these together into a murder mystery. What is not to love? Well too be honest I have several complaints.    First the things that I enjoyed-    - Pretty decent page turner. I finished the book (370 pages) in about a week.  - I liked the "film noir" aspect of the story - it definitely has …
review by . March 11, 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. Carpenter was …
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