My AP Review of “The Skeleton Box” by Bryan Gruley

The mythical village of Starvation Lake, Mich., is an authentic realm of piney woods, deadman’s curves, working-class bars, lakefront cottages, friendly neighbors, town drunks, rampant gossip and small-town cops where almost everyone is obsessed with the fate of a junior hockey team called The River Rats.

Bryan Gruley introduced us to the place in his first novel, Starvation Lake (2009), which won the Anthony, Barry and Strand Awards, and then revisited it in his second novel, The Hanging Tree (2010). But The Skeleton Box, the third in a series featuring the adventures of Gus Carpenter, editor of the town’s little newspaper, The Pine County Pilot, is his best work to date.

To read the full text of my review, written for The Associated Press, please click here.

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