Cache of Corpses
By Henry Kisor
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765317803, 304pp.)
Publication Date: November 27, 2007
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Porcupine City is a peaceful little town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The residents enjoy a quiet life far removed from the comings and goings of larger cities. The kind of town where everyone knows everyone else and good-natured gossip is a prime source of entertainment. It's certainly the last place anyone would think of using as the backdrop for a high-tech, high-thrill treasure hunt.
Until the first gruesome clue is found: a headless corpse wrapped in plastic.
Deputy Steve Martinez--Lakota Indian by birth, Porcupine City native by association--has investigated many crimes, but none more surprising than the case before him now. When clues at the first crime scene lead to the discovery of a second headless corpse, it becomes clear to Steve that it's someone's twisted idea of a game. And these events couldn't come at worse time: the election for county sheriff is fast approaching and the sudden rash of corpses is just the sort of ammunition Steve's opponent is all too eager to use against him. Luckily Steve's longtime love, beautiful redhead Ginny Fitzgerald, is still by his side, but even that relationship becomes strained as Steve searches for a way to connect with her foster son, Tommy.
This is Steve's toughest investigation yet--one that spreads from secretive internet chatrooms into Chicago's seedy underbelly and even takes to the air above Porcupine City. It will take all of Deputy Martinez's patience and cunning to catch a sociopath who's after the next forbidden rush. It might also force him to face some unpleasant truths about the locals he has sworn to protect.
HENRY KISOR is the recently retired book editor and literary columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 to 2006. He is also the author of Season's Revenge and A Venture into Murder, also featuring Deputy Steve Martinez. Kisor lives in Evanston, Illinois.
"Deputy Stephen Martinez, who makes an appealing laid-back philosopher-detective, gets on the case in Kisor's delightful encore to Season's Revenge . . . . Sharp-witted dialogue, rustic ambience and intriguing, character-driven tangents will keep readers turning the pages."--Publisher's Weekly
"Strong characters, warm confident prose."--Kirkus Reviews
"Beautiful, rural Michigan is the backdrop for this captivating mystery, which boasts an eminently likeable protagonist. Kisor ... has a lyrical writing style that's perfect for this well-constructed novel." --Romantic Times BOOKReviews