Debut Thriller Scores

Brian Gruley is the Chicago bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, which may explain why this debut novelist is featured in a video interview on the WSJ site, along with an excerpt of his book, Starvation Lake. He also happens to have received great prepub reviews (LJ; “Full of insider knowledge about hockey and great local color, this is not to be missed.”) and comparisons to Dennis Lehane.

The Chicago Tribune has published the first consumer press review, also making the Lehane comparison, especially to Mystic River,

The mood in Starvation Lake is similar: ordinary people living up to their failures, trying to balance dreams and reality when tragedy strikes too close to home.

The book was selected by independent booksellers for the March Indie Next list;

Small towns love their sports teams as much as they love taking swipes at their local newspaper, but they also love their secrets. A secret lies frozen at the bottom of Starvation Lake, and the ice is starting to melt. Dripping with atmosphere and pitch-perfect dialog, Gruley captures the heart and hardships of small-town life.

It could be the only mystery that involves amateur hockey in Northern Michigan. It’s a trade paperback with a $14.95 list price, making it easier to take a chance on a first-timer.


Starvation Lake

Bryan Gruley

  • Paperback: $14; 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (March 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1416563628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416563624

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