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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2009 Bryan Gruley (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"[ Starvation Lake] deserves comparison with Dennis Lehane's Mystic River" ( Booklist, starred review)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Moire on 02-03-16

Wordy and slow

The plot and writing were tedious and dull.The plot is paper thin and padded with play hy play hockey games. Instead of tension, the author caused the cardboard characters to stutter endlessly. The only reason I hot through this was the outstanding narration.

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1 out of 5 stars
By gwt80 on 08-27-13

Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bryan Gruley again?

I doubt it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Orlow’s performances?

Perhaps.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Starvation Lake?

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.

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