The Hanging Tree

The Hanging Tree

A Starvation Lake Mystery

Book - 2010
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In the aftermath of an apparent suicide in Starvation Lake, local newspaper editor Gus teams up with girlfriend and sheriff's deputy Darlene in an investigation that reveals evidence of foul play.

Baker
& Taylor

In the aftermath of an apparent suicide in Starvation Lake, local newspaper editor Gus teams up with girlfriend and sheriff's deputy Darlene in an investigation that reveals evidence of foul play. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Starvation Lake. Original.

Simon and Schuster
WHEN GRACIE McBRIDE, the wild girl who had left town eighteen years earlier, is found dead in an apparent suicide shortly after her homecoming, it sends shock waves through her native Starvation Lake. Gus Carpenter, executive editor of the Pine County Pilot, sets out to solve the mystery with the help of his old flame and now girlfriend, Pine County sheriff deputy Darlene Esper. As Gus and Darlene investigate, they can’t help but question if Gracie’s troubled life really ended in suicide or if the suspicious crime-scene evidence adds up to murder.

But in such a small town it’s impossible to be an impartial investigator—Gracie was Gus’s second cousin; Darlene’s best friend; and the lover of Gus’s oldest pal, Soupy Campbell. Yet with all the bad blood between Gus and Gracie over the years, Gus is easily distracted by other problems. His employer is trying to push him out, the locals are annoyed that his stories have halted construction on a new hockey rink, and Darlene’s estranged husband has returned to reclaim his wife.

When Gus tries to retrace Gracie’s steps to discover what happened to her in the eighteen years she was away from Starvation Lake, he’s forced to return to Detroit, the scene of his humiliating past. And though he’s determined to find out what drove Gracie back home, Gus is unprepared for the terrible secrets he uncovers.

The second book in Bryan Gruley’s irresistible Starvation Lake series, The Hanging Tree is a compelling story about family and friendship, sex and violence, and the failure of love to make everything right.

 

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416563648
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRU
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,22 cm.

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MeReneG
Oct 28, 2012

Very good follow-up to the Gus Carpenter/Starvation Lake series opener. // Once again: trouble arrives from out of town; Gus' investigations reveal new skeletons in several closets (including his mother's); small-town hockey fanaticism and the changing tides of the newspaper business play central roles.

rlbecker Jan 12, 2011

A nice second mystery in the Gus Carpenter series. I love the many aspects of the series: hockey culture, Northern Michigan scene, fading newspaper business and especially Gus himself and his many faults and redeeming qualities.

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caraanne
Nov 08, 2010

Loved this book - 2nd in a series. Can't wait for more about Starvation Lake.

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MeReneG
Oct 28, 2012

I have learned that you can be too grateful for love. [Opening line]

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