Season's Revenge: A Christmas Mystery

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T'is the weeks before Christmas in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, but some big events indeed are stirring for Lakota deputy sheriff Steve Martinez. The normally sleepy woodland town is uncharacteristically alive with activity after the body of one of its most respected residents, Paul Passoja, is found at a forest campsite, the victim of what looks to be a bear attack.

From the moment he arrives on the crime scene, things just don't add up for Steve Martinez. Why would Passoja, a ...

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Overview

T'is the weeks before Christmas in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, but some big events indeed are stirring for Lakota deputy sheriff Steve Martinez. The normally sleepy woodland town is uncharacteristically alive with activity after the body of one of its most respected residents, Paul Passoja, is found at a forest campsite, the victim of what looks to be a bear attack.

From the moment he arrives on the crime scene, things just don't add up for Steve Martinez. Why would Passoja, a skilled camper and hunter, be careless enough to scatter bacon grease near his tent? Lead by curiosity, Steve begins an unofficial investigation of the mishap, only to discover that the "random" animal attack might not be so random after all. It seems that quite a few people in town had reason to do in Paul Passoja, but the evidence isn't pointing to anyone in particular.

The more Steve investigates, the deeper he sinks into a mystery as old as the town itself. The seemingly peaceful forest haven was once a hotbed of treachery, and ill will only ripens with age. As he gets closer to the murderer, Steve learns the hard way that whoever killed Paul Passoja is more than willing to do it again.

But Steve Martinez's Native American ancestors were never ones to fold, and neither is he.

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Publishers Weekly
Chicago Sun-Times literary columnist Henry Kisor makes a solid mystery debut in Season's Revenge, a Christmas-themed yarn set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A bear kills experienced woodsman Paul Passoja in his sleeping bag at a forest retreat, but Lakota Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez soon suspects that this animal attack is no accident. A blurb from Andrew M. Greeley and local publicity in Chicago should ensure a good start. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An Upper Peninsula deputy juggles a handful of small-town cases and unravels a modest mystery. In the seven years Native American Steve (Two Crow) Martinez has been a deputy in remote Porcupine County, Michigan, he hasn’t used his gun except to finish off a wounded animal. His most serious cases involve disorderly drunks and ravenous but not dangerous bears. At first the death of local bigwig Paul Passoja seems to be a sad but unsuspicious case. The elderly Passoja, weakened by Alzheimer’s, was mauled by a bear, triggering a fatal heart attack. As Steve goes about everyday duties with inexpressive fellow deputy Mary Larch, however, a wide swath of bacon grease at the crime scene nags him, and other small clues lead him to suspect foul play. He begins a casual investigation that ruffles some local feathers and makes him a target. Although Steve realizes he’s on the right track, a dangerous investigation is the last thing he wants. He resettled in the Upper Peninsula for its peace and natural beauty and, after a long sexual drought, is advancing steadily into a romantic relationship with comely widow Ginny Fitzgerald. Their courtship counterpoints the mystery, whose solution involves tortured animals, marital infidelity, and long-forgotten business chicanery. Kisor (Flight of the Gin Fizz, 1997, etc.) effectively evokes his setting and the attractive pace of life there, though sometimes at the expense of tension in his plot. Agent: Elizabeth Winick/McIntosh and Otis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765306661
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Kison, the book editor and literary columnist of the Chicago Sun Times since 1978, is also the author of Flight of the Gin Fizz: Midlife at 4,500 Feet, Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America, and What's That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness. He was nominated as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1981. Kisor lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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