Deep Winter: A Novel

Deep Winter: A Novel

by Samuel W. Gailey


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Deep Winter: A Novel by Samuel W. Gailey

“A beautiful and brutal debut. Put Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in a blender with Scott Smith’s classic crime novel A Simple Plan, then watch as Gailey hits the switch and everything in this world spins dangerously out of hand. A wonderful fast-paced read.” –Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living
As a powerful winter blizzard converges on a small Pennsylvania town, a local woman is found brutally murdered.  All evidence points to Danny Bedford, the town outcast, when he is discovered cradling the bloody body.  Danny manages to escape into the darkened woods, but he is pursued by the vindictive deputy sheriff, the victim's brothers, and distraught townspeople demanding justice.  During the freezing night that follows, an intricate web of lies is uncovered, revealing that not everything in the town is quite what it seems, which sets off an unstoppable chain of events that changes the townspeople forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142181782
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Samuel W. Gailey has written for 20th Century Fox, Showtime and Documentary magazine. He lives in southern California with his daughter and wife, author Ayn Carrillo Gailey.

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Danny clutched a small wooden, hand-carved robin figurine in his large left hand. His hands were bigger than most—football player sized. But Danny didn’t play football or any other games that involved a ball because he wasn’t any good at stuff like that.

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Praise for Deep Winter
“Enthralling and suspenseful, like a Michael Connelly novel, but more elegantly written.” –Esquire

“Beautifully written but deeply disturbing.” –Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

This is a harsh, brutal novel, as bleak as its wintertime setting. It’s also so brilliantly done, so artfully underwritten with not a word wasted, that readers may hate themselves for letting this grim narrative trap them in its coils.”Booklist

“Set deep in the heart of rural Pennsylvania, Deep Winter hits you with the toxic blast of Frank Bill, combined with the raw emotional intensity of Daniel Woodrell.” –Raven Crime Reads blog

“Gailey writes visually, rendering the characters and action both vivid and alive.” –Kirkus

“Set in rural Pennsylvania, Samuel W. Gailey’s Deep Winter is a beautiful and brutal debut. Put Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in a blender with Scott Smith’s classic crime novel A Simple Plan, then watch as Gailey hits the switch and everything in this world spins dangerously out of hand. A wonderful fast-paced read.” –Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and The Carrion Birds

Deep Winter is a fast-paced thriller tense enough to give you paper cuts from turning the pages so quickly.” –Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Thicket

Deep Winter captures the every bit of the darkness of a Selby Jr, novel and relocates it in rural Pennsylvania …. I will put [it] in the hit category.... [It] is an exciting, fast paced novel with plenty to offer in the way of suspense. Highly recommended for crime novel fans and those who like a darker, real world story.” —Evilcyclist blog

“Compelling... A riveting, character driven novel.... impossible to put down... Deep Winter is an impressive first novel.” —Book Reviews and More blog

“A clever and compelling character driven novel about the events leading up to and the aftermath of a brutal murder. Told from several points of view over a short period of time, this was a fascinating old school type read with a wonderful noir feel to it…. Mr. Gailey has created a tense, claustrophobic atmosphere within the tightly woven and fast moving plot – and given us an authentic soundbite of small town life….Unpredictable and astute, I would recommend this for lovers of crime fiction, especially if they like it with a classic feel rather than a more modern one.” —Liz Loves Books blog

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Deep Winter: a Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NursebettyBP More than 1 year ago
Once I started the book , could not put it down.....suspenseful....great book....loved how it was set in a small PA town. Highly  recommend this book to my family & friends....can't wait for Sam's next novel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-stop suspense in the dead of winter. Could not put it down.  The author places you right in rural country during a cold winter with characters that are much more than they initially appear. Through this fast paced story, Mr. Gailey brings into the world of these characters; some good and some bad which ends in tragedy. Looking forward to his next book.
peterc41 More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down - the characters were well thought out and presented, and the winter motif was certainly a foreboding of more bad things to go Danny's way. The author was able to show the humanity of people, the good and the bad. The story was believable and certainly some of us have been in small towns where this could happen. While I read about 50-60 books a year, I look forward to the next book from Mr. Gailey..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the dark characters drawn against the harsh, wintry landscape. Shifting POVs drew me in to this gritty story and kept me there. Can't wait for the author's next book.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Deep Winter is Samuel W. Gailey's debut novel. Gentle giant Danny has lived in Wyalusing, a small town in Northern Pennsylvania, for his entire life. An accident has left Danny with brain injuries, but he has made a small place for himself. And he tries to lead asmall life as he is the target of taunts and bullying and has few friends. But Mindy, the waitress who serves him breakfast every morning is an exception. She has only treated him with kindness. Danny walks to her trailer on her birthday to deliver a gift - only to find the local sheriff's deputy, Sokowski already there. And Mindy is dead. The reader knows early on who has killed Mindy. But the race is on - will the killer be caught? Or will Danny take the fall? There are few likable characters in the book. Sokowski is one of the nastiest antagonists I've read in a while. Many of the 'good' characters are flawed in some way as well. Gailey's characters were quite vivid I quickly turned pages. The reader cannot help but react to each one. Indeed the whole town seems dismal, dreary and defeated. "Gailey was raised in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania (population 379), which serves as the setting for his debut novel." The setting definitely had a ring of authenticity. The blizzard that envelopes the town serves to further isolate the town and the drama playing out. Deep Winter is told from multiple points of view - the killer, Mindy, Danny and more. I found this highly effective as it only heightened the tension. The reader is aware of what's going to happen next - or think we are. Gailey knows just when to end a chapter - ensuring I had to read just one more and then another before turning off the light for the evening. Gailey has worked as a screenwriter and Deep Winter read like a movie for me. (Quentin Tarantino sprang to mind.) It's grim and gritty and not recommended for gentle readers. But it was a page turner for me. There's been a new genre label bandied about - "grit lit" or "rural noir". Deep Winter is a great example of this style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago