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Starvation Lake: A Mystery | [Bryan Gruley]

Starvation Lake: A Mystery

Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

©2009 Bryan Gruley; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[Starvation Lake] deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River" (Booklist, starred review)

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    08-27-13
    08-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I know that there's a story hidden in there somewhere but it's lost behind characters with no appeal, interminable and terrible descriptions of the game of hockey as well as a lousy narrator. While there is no reason to rush through the story, getting bogged down in this as well as detailed descriptions of how many ingredients are on each forkful of the narrator's egg pie is just too much. There is more flab in this writing that in a lawyer's letter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryan Gruley again?

    I doubt it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Orlow’s performances?

    Perhaps.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Starvation Lake?

    I would cut MOST of the juvenile descriptions of hockey, in part because they are written by someone who has no feel for the game and in part because they add nothing to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yolaleah Kalamazoo, MI 11-12-12
    yolaleah Kalamazoo, MI 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good tale, mediocre reader."

    It's a great tale, unfortunately the reader seemed very slow - didn't really fit with my personal taste in readers. There would be extremely long (almost painful) pauses in between dialog occasionally. It was a little strange. But it's a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-05-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "A good first mystery book"

    Bryan Gruley has written a very good mystery book set in a dark, cold setting perfect for the mystery that centers around a small town and hockey. I must admit, I know little about the sport of hockey, but the author's love of the sport is very evident and I learned a lot from his story-telling. The author is an extremely talented author. His words kept me interested even when I questioned whether I wanted to continue with the subject matter. Ultimately, I am glad I did because it turns out to be a very timely story for sports, coaches, recent news. The narrator did a very good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan San Francisco, CA, United States 12-23-10
    Jan San Francisco, CA, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I tried and tried..."

    I understood that this novel had won an Edgar award - and they rarely let me down. I tried four times to get involved with this story and I never even finished the first part of the tape. It is very focused on hockey, too. That probably only annoyed me because I was so bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger oakland, CA, United States 02-01-10
    Roger oakland, CA, United States 02-01-10 Member Since 2005

    Lawyer/law professor , I'm interested in science, history, literature. I can tolerate a bad movie, but not bad writing. I read to learn .

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    "Dumb as a hockey puck"

    Far too much high school hockey "glory years" and if you write mystery I would expect that you would have some knowledge of criminal law, police procedures, misdemeanors versus felonies, warrants & do you think police have time & resources to have roadblocks & manhunts for insignificant misdemeanors? Purloining telephone messages?

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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