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Starvation Lake (Starvation Lake Series #1)

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10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

"Starvation Lake" is an excellent and unusual first novel!

I heard an interview with this Writer, Bryan Gruley, on WGN radio in Chicago. After the interview, I had to buy the book. It sounded really interesting. After I read the book, I was glad I did. I usually can't remember titles if I don't write them down, but this titl...
I heard an interview with this Writer, Bryan Gruley, on WGN radio in Chicago. After the interview, I had to buy the book. It sounded really interesting. After I read the book, I was glad I did. I usually can't remember titles if I don't write them down, but this title was very memorable: "Starvation Lake". It is a great mystery set in resort town in Michigan. What is it about? Hockey and Murder. If you're not a hockey fan you might not understand the difference, but this is a book filled with great characters who live in a small town on a lake in Michigan. The main character is a disgraced reporter who almost made it big by breaking a big story and winning a Pulitzer . . . but instead he returns home to Starvation Lake to run the local newspaper. It is a typical small town newspaper and his staff consists three people. The town is dying because he made a mistake as a teenager, and the stuggle to save the town is filled with dirty small town deals behind closed doors between men who never let their highschool problems die.

So where does hockey come into this story? As a teenager, the reporter was the goalie for the town's high school hockey team. Starvation Lake was put on the map by a legendary coach and a small band of players who captured the attention of the entire state of Michigan by making it into the state championship hockey game only to lose it in overtime on a bad play by the reporter/goalie. The entire town never forgave him, and after the loss the town went into a state of decline. No one is surprised that he lost his big city reporter job and had to come home with his tail between his legs. All the men in the town play in a hockey league, and their off ice struggles to save the town frequently boil over into violence in the hockey rink.

The author makes you care about these unlikely likeable characters. This book is funny and insightful, and the mystery is first class. You don't have to like hoceky to like this book. It paints a very vivid picture of working class people from Michigan who love the outdoors and the natural beauty of their state. Their values are very blue collar and honest. Their stuggles to make ends meet are real especially in this economy. Their crimes also fit the times, and the mystery is very complex. The author reveals the answers to clues in unexpected ways. He stayed a step ahead of me right to the very end.

This book might not appeal to everyone because it is blue collar and hockey is not for everyone. But try reading a few pages of it and see if it catches your interest. The characters are very likeable and the mystery is a good one. I passed it on to my wife, and she is still reading. When I asked here what she thought, she said the mystery has her hooked. I truly hope this author writes another novel soon because this was a fun read and an amazing first novel. I especially liked all the characters, and I hope I can visit them in Starvation Lake again in another book by Bryan Gruley.

posted by actorsaudio on October 7, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Michigan hockey special

If you love Michigan and/or hockey you will like this book. I learned a lot about the psychology of hockey. Good escape reading - especially during Stanley Cup time.

posted by martykins on July 5, 2009

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Only if you LOVE hockey

    I love mysteries, and do not mind sidelines with other interests. This book is not for people like me. If you love hockey and do not mind a murder mystery on the side, you'll probably like it. Plot twist at the end was the only part I really enjoyed. Waste of my money for this reason...wish I had just checked it out at the library instead of purchasing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Brutal.

    Not my style, but readable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I was undecided to give one star or two; I went with two because

    I was undecided to give one star or two; I went with two because this author seems to have promise. I only paid $1.99 for the nook book, so I can't complain too much about wasted money, just wasted time. I skimmed through much of the book because of the long, drawn out descriptions of hockey games. I could never understand the psyche of people in towns that get wrapped up in high school sports to the point that their own self-worth is tied to the success of the team. This is going on in this book, although the hockey team is a club team, not a school team. The main character is a bit of a wuss who lets his employees speak to him disrespectfully, and never seems to respond to the put-downs the town's people hurl at him about a long-ago game. The story drags in many spots, including the ending which could have been handled quicker. I won't be reading anything else by this author, even for $1.99.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    NOT INTERESTING

    Book was to centered on hockey. Skipped over most of those pages. Didnt find it interesting till the last 50 pages or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Not for me.

    I bought this book and the second one of the series at the same time, big mistake. I don' t think I will be reading the second one. I found the main charactor Gus annoying, and I didn' t like any of the other people much either.
    Skimmed through alot of the hockey parts and there is alot of that.
    I did like that the story took place in Michigan, my home state, which is why I purchased these books in the first place.

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    Posted February 28, 2009

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    Posted October 9, 2009

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