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The Dead of Winter

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MURDER IN THE DEEP WOODS

"It was on that first day of the hunt, an hour after dawn, that the old man found the body of the boy." This classic novel of crime and revenge in deer-hunting country opens on the first day of buck season in remote Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Long-retired hunter and reclusive hermit W.T. Halvorsen discovers the victim of what at first seems like a hunting accident. After the funeral, the victim's father, Dr.Paul Michelson, begins a search for the killer who shot his son, then walked ...

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MURDER IN THE DEEP WOODS

"It was on that first day of the hunt, an hour after dawn, that the old man found the body of the boy." This classic novel of crime and revenge in deer-hunting country opens on the first day of buck season in remote Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Long-retired hunter and reclusive hermit W.T. Halvorsen discovers the victim of what at first seems like a hunting accident. After the funeral, the victim's father, Dr.Paul Michelson, begins a search for the killer who shot his son, then walked away, letting him bleed to death in the snow. When Michelson too vanishes, his lover Teresa Del Rosario follows him to Hemlock County, fighting her growing fear he has murder in mind.

As terror stalks the deep woods, Halvorsen pits his tracking and shooting skills against those of his human enemy in a deadly cat-and-mouse game deep in the Kinningmahontawany Wild Area.

An epic tale of justice, survival, and two utterly determined men hunting each other through the snow-shrouded hills and ravines in the greatest blizzard in twenty years.

Hemlock County is Poyer's fictional re-creation and evocation of the country and people where he grew up. There are four books in the series. They were first published in this order: The Dead of Winter, Winter in the Heart, As the Wolf Loves Winter, and then Thunder on the Mountain.

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Editorial Reviews

Florida Times-Union
A storyteller of penetrating psychological depth, Poyer uses language of naturalistic beauty and striking sometimes startling images.
Regis Behe
"Poyer's Pennsylvania novels resonate as a quest for morality and ethics as he details the need for industry and commerce in a blighted area vs. concerns for the environment. Sometimes there is a clear delineation between right and wrong, but just as often there are situations that entail two good choices. And sometimes, all options seem to be equally distasteful."
Sheila Boughner
"All of the novels center around the character of oil worker and hunter, W.T. ("Racks" or "Red") Halvorsen...He lives deep in the woods in a basement, the remnant of the house he once shared with his wife before it was destroyed by fire...In each novel, he is lured out of his seclusion to right some perceived wrong. In "The Dead of Winter," a young man is shot and killed during the first day of deer season. The boy's father begins stalking and killing hunters in retaliation...."
Ann Hyman
"Poyer is a storyteller of penetrating psychological depth, using language of naturalistic beauty and striking, sometimes startling images. Like John O'Hara and William Faulkner, Poyer writes in rich, generous, poetic prose that covers both the full range of human emotion and the most consequential contemporary social issues as they affect America's people...."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937997410
  • Publisher: Northampton House Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2014
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 358,398
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Millions of copies of Dave Poyer's thirty-plus books are in print, including THE MED, THE GULF, THE CIRCLE, THE PASSAGE, TOMAHAWK, CHINA SEA, BLACK STORM, THE COMMAND, THE THREAT, KOREA STRAIT, THE WEAPON, THE CRISIS, and THE TOWERS, USA Today best-selling novels of the modern Navy and Marine Corps; and FIRE ON THE WATERS, A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN, and THAT ANVIL OF OUR SOULS, historical fiction set during the Civil War. Northampton House has also republished two of his stand-alone early thrillers, THE ONLY THING TO FEAR and WHITE CONTINENT. His work has been translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Italian, and rights have been sold for films and audiobooks. He currently teaches fiction and memoir in the Creative Writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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