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“Small towns love their sports teams as much as they love taking swipes at their local newspaper, but they also love their secrets. A secret lies frozen at the bottom of Starvation Lake, and the ice is starting to melt. Dripping with atmosphere and pitch-perfect dialog, Gruley captures the heart and hardships of small-town life.”
— Matt Norcross, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
"[A] smashing debut thriller. Gruley...knows how to drag you kicking and screaming into a story so gripping that you'll probably devour it in one gulp."
-- Chicago Tribune
"An engrossing picture of small-town America and the passions that simmer beneath its complacent surface. Brian Gruley: Remember the name. You should be hearing it often in the future."
-- The San Diego Union Tribune
"Bryan Gruley delivers a seamless tale of revenge, redemption, secrets and lost hope."
-- Sun-Sentinel (South Florida)
"His characters are genuinely flawed and, Carpenter especially, honestly likable. Gruley's gripping plot unfolds like a piece of investigative journalism..."
-- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Debuts don't come much more polished than this tale of corruption and redemption..."
-- The Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"Gruley deftly juggles several intricately related plots, and conveys the beauty and picturesque shabbiness of a northern Michigan town."
-- The Detroit News
"Gruley's outstanding debut effortlessly incorporates his inside knowledge...into a tale of violence and betrayal that will remind many of Dennis Lehane."
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Many good crime novels appear every month, but few have the depth and poignancy of Starvation Lake, which deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River."
-- Booklist (starred review)
"A terrific first novel about what it means to be a journalist. Full of insider knowledge about hockey and great local color, this is not to be missed."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"A great debut from a major talent."
-- New York Times bestselling author, Harlan Coben