The Skeleton Box (Hardcover)
Touchstone Books, 9781416563662, 322pp.
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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Anthony and Barry Award-winning author Bryan Gruley returns with the third novel in his critically acclaimed Starvation Lake mystery series. Does Gus Carpenter really want to know what's inside the skeleton box? In Anthony- and Barry Award-winning author Bryan Gruley's gripping new novel, Gus must decide if the truth is better off dead and buried.
Mysterious break-ins are plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake. While elderly residents enjoy their weekly bingo night at St. Valentine's Catholic Church, someone is slipping into their homes to rifle through financial and personal files. Oddly, the intruder takes nothing--yet the "Bingo Night Burglaries" leave the entire town uneasy.
Worry turns into panic when a break-in escalates to murder. Suddenly, Gus Carpenter, editor of the Pine County Pilot,
is forced to investigate the most difficult story of his life. Not only is the victim his ex-girlfriend Darlene's mother, but her body was found in the home of Bea Carpenter--Gus's own mother. Suffering from worsening dementia and under the influence of sleeping pills, Bea remembers little of the break-in.
With the help of Luke Whistler, a former Detroit Free Press
reporter who came north looking for slower days and some old-fashioned newspaper work, Gus sets out to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when the story leads him to a lockbox his mother has kept secret for years, Gus doesn't realize that its contents could forever change his perception of Starvation Lake, his own family, and the value of the truth.
About the Author
Bryan Gruley is reporter at large for Bloomberg News and the former Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. He has won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award for best first novel. He lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit BryanGruley.com.
Praise For The Skeleton Box…
“Gruley’s best work to date. . . . The writing is tighter and more vivid than ever. The characters are so real you could almost reach out and shake their hands.”
“Better late than never if you haven't started reading or recommending Gruley's outstanding trilogy. . . . His characters successfully convey the realities of today's troubled economy and remind us that old secrets can be even more painful when discovered later.”