©2009 Bryan Gruley; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"[Starvation Lake] deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River" (Booklist, starred review)
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?
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.
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.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
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.
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