Trent Strong is back home in his northern Minnesota lake community after spending ten years working on a Chicago daily newspaper as an investigative journalist covering heinous crimes and traveling to war-torn countries. Sick of all the deaths, and content with returning to a slower pace, Trent buys the local weekly newspaper. But Trent is in town for only one week when an old friend asks him to investigate the Mammoth Paper Mill, which he suspects is polluting a small trout stream beyond EPA standards. Since the mill employs over half the town, the friend hasn't made many friends with his claim. The next day, a woman is found stabbed to death in a lakeshore motel. For personal reasons, Trent is compelled to investigate her death, as well as the paper mill. Are the two related? As Trent investigates, he runs across many people from his past. Some are potential suspects, and others make him question if his move back home was the right one. He starts a relationship with the motel manager, but even wonders if she is somehow involved with the murder. Trent must investigate around a small town sheriff and county attorney running for re-election, out-of-state thugs who want to shut him up, and an entire town that would like the whole thing to go away. What he finds will change his life forever...
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About the Author
Trevor Scott was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He is the author of more than thirty mystery/thriller novels in the Jake Adams International Thriller Series, the Chad Hunter Series, and the Tony Caruso Mystery Series. He has a master's in creative writing from Northern Michigan University, and a bachelor's in writing from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He served in the U.S. Navy as an ordnanceman on the flight deck of aircraft carriers, and as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War and the first Gulf War. He has traveled to more than 75 countries, and he currently resides in Nevada and Oregon.
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Strong Conviction based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I can see why Some might find this book with too much sex and violence, but it's not really 'too' much. People do bad things in books, as in life, and the author has presented that in pitch-perfect detail.
I read about this book in the Duluth News Tribune, and was intrigued to read a mystery that takes place in a small northern Minnesota lake community. This book has it all. The author deftly captures the small Minnesota town like only someone who has lived there can. (And I hear he grew up in a town just like Bear Lake.) This is not only a place-driven novel, though. The characters jump from the page. You want to love them; you want to hate them. Highly recommended. I'll be reading more from this author.
If you have not discovered Trevor Scott yet, you should now. I started out reading his third thriller, and then went back and started from his first book Fatal Network. Wow! A major publisher needs to find this guy. With Strong Conviction, Scott develops a mystery with a flavor of the old masters, while bringing to life a small town in northern Minnesota. In fact, the small town becomes a character. You have to read this. I was in the dark until the end.