Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.More
"[Starvation Lake] deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River" (Booklist, starred review)
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Wordy and slow
Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor
I know that there's a story hidden in there somewhere but it's lost behind characters with no appeal, interminable and terrible descriptions of the game of hockey as well as a lousy narrator. While there is no reason to rush through the story, getting bogged down in this as well as detailed descriptions of how many ingredients are on each forkful of the narrator's egg pie is just too much. There is more flab in this writing that in a lawyer's letter.
I doubt it.
I would cut MOST of the juvenile descriptions of hockey, in part because they are written by someone who has no feel for the game and in part because they add nothing to the story.