The Dead of Winter

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To Jess, Michigan in January is cold and dull: almost as dull as her job teaching home economics to unruly teen girls at the high school; almost as dull as her life, she muses, while staring out her frosted window at frozen Blackwater Bay. Suddenly Jess spies an old ice fisherman running wildly to shore after a day on the bay. At first she thinks he's drunk, which wouldn't be unusual. Then she learns the hideous truth: the old man has just discovered a fish-nibbled corpse floating up into an icehole. With this, ...
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Overview

To Jess, Michigan in January is cold and dull: almost as dull as her job teaching home economics to unruly teen girls at the high school; almost as dull as her life, she muses, while staring out her frosted window at frozen Blackwater Bay. Suddenly Jess spies an old ice fisherman running wildly to shore after a day on the bay. At first she thinks he's drunk, which wouldn't be unusual. Then she learns the hideous truth: the old man has just discovered a fish-nibbled corpse floating up into an icehole. With this, the third gruesome death in recent years, the quaint resort town is becoming notorious for homicide. Its sheriff, Matt Gabriel, never thought he'd specialize in murder, but he's already added new deputies and even uses a helicopter. Now he fears that an unidentified body floating under the ice might just be sensational enough to turn the town into a media circus. And he's right, especially after the corpse is found to have a bullet hole in its head, and the victim is identified as an ex-con with mob connections. Even as Matt ponders the case, mystery strikes again as one of Jess's students vanishes in the midst of a brutal blizzard. Did Chrissie run away? Has she been kidnapped? Is she alive?
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The town of Blackwater Bay, Mich., the inspired setting for A Few Dying Words, is back. Gold Dagger winner Gosling uses two main characters to hold together this intricate tale of big-time mob doings and small-town dirty laundry: Jess Gibbons, a 30-something home-economics teacher; and stolid Sheriff Matt Gabriel. In the middle of a harsh winter, Jess, a little bored and a little depressed, can't know that when a local fisherman glimpses a corpse floating beneath the ice, events will conspire to give her more excitement than she bargained for. Meanwhile, Matt is mystified by the corpse's identity, and the homecoming queen has been throwing wild parties and may be living a secret life. Jess is still cooking gourmet meals for her five housemates, but the air is charged and everyone is on edge, including Jess's normally placid cats-and it's not just cabin fever. This complicated puzzler, pivoting from cozy sewing circles to talk of mafia hit men and cocaine dens, comes to its brilliantly staged conclusion at the annual ice festival where Gosling dramatizes the point that smooth and shiny surfaces can hide a lot of treachery. (Jan.)
Library Journal
After the discovery of a body in an ice-fishing hole nearly scares a tipsy man sober, Sheriff Matt Gabriel knows what to do. Because the victim has mob connections, Matt fears unrest in the usually peaceful Blackwater Bay. One of Jess Gibbons's high school students, meanwhile, disappears.
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Michigan's Blackwater Bay freezes over, spelling excitement for several hardy locals. But when a Mob-connected corpse floats up into an ice hole and a high school student vanishes, teacher Jess Gibbons and Sheriff Matt Gabriel join forces to search for answers to two chillingly interrelated mysteries. Gosling gets "better with each book."-- Sacramento Bee.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446404990
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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