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WHEN GRACIE McBRIDE the wild girl who had left town eighteen years earlier is found dead in an apparent suicide shortly after her homecoming it sends shock waves through her native Starvation Lake Gus Carpenter executive editor of the Pine County Pilot sets out to solve the mystery with the help of his old flame and now girlfriend Pine County sheriff deputy Darlene Esper As Gus and Darlene investigate they can’t help but question if Gracie’s troubled life really ended in suicide or if the suspicious crime scene evidence adds up to murder But in such a small town it’s impossible to be an impartial investigator—Gracie was Gus’s second cousin Darlene’s best friend and the lover of Gus’s oldest pal Soupy Campbell Yet with all the bad blood between Gus and Gracie over the years Gus is easily distracted by other problems His employer is trying to push him out the locals are annoyed that his stories have halted construction on a new hockey rink and Darlene’s estranged husband has returned to reclaim his wife When Gus tries to retrace Gracie’s steps to discover what happened to her in the eighteen years she was away from Starvation Lake he’s forced to return to Detroit the scene of his humiliating past And though he’s determined to find out what drove Gracie back home Gus is unprepared for the terrible secrets he uncovers The second book in Bryan Gruley’s irresistible Starvation Lake series The Hanging Tree is a compelling story about family and friendship sex and violence and the failure of love to make everything right


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    Bryan Gruley returns to Starvation Lake a small Michigan town that's clearly seen better days in the second Gus Carpenter novel The Hanging Tree As was apparent in Gruley's debut novel Starvation Lake Gus has seen better days as well One of the great goalies ever to come out of a hockey crazed town Gus failed the team at a critical moment years earlier and neither the town nor Gus have ever forgotten Gus once left Starvation Lake to become a hotshot reporter at a major Detroit newspaper but that job ended ignominiously as well and so Gus is now back home living with his mother and working as the executive editor of the local newspaper The paper is owned by a media company that cares almost nothing for traditional journalism it publishes only twice a week and it is most often scooped on any major story by the local television stationGus is now dating a deputy sheriff the almost ex wife of another former Starvation Lake hockey great who has now left town Gus and the deputy Darlene are interrupted one night when Darlene is called to the scene of a tragedy As the town's intrepid reporter Gus follows her to the scene only to find a woman named Gracie McBride hanging from a tree limb Gracie was once Darlene's best friend She was also Gus's second cousin though they really didn't get along Gracie recently returned to Starvation Lake after a long and mysterious absenceThe coroner rules Gracie's death a suicide but neither Gus nor Darlene is convinced of the verdict Gus decides to trace Gracie's mysterious past in an effort to discover what lay behind her death At the same time he's caught up in an investigation of the town's effort to build a new hockey rink The rink is a tremendously popular project but Gus uncovers problems with the development that no one else in town apparently wants to hear aboutGus's investigations entangle him with a number of shady and very scary characters and there's obviously a lot going on below the surface of this placid little town Before his investigation is finished both Gus and the reader will be in for a very wild rideThese two books are the start of what promises to be an excellent series with an unusual and engaging protagonist More than that Gruley who is the Chicago bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal has brilliantly captured here the dynamics of a small town that is obviously on the ropes and desperate to recapture some of its former glory In relating Gus's struggles as the editor of the Pine County Pilot he also makes some very telling comments about the state of contemporary journalismReaders who might be attracted to this series would be well advised to begin with the first book Starvation Lake which introduces Gus Carpenter and describes in some detail his history in Starvation Lake