The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan GruleyThe Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan Gruley

The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery

byBryan Gruley

Paperback | August 3, 2010

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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.

Title:The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake MysteryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.44 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:August 3, 2010Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416563644

ISBN - 13:9781416563648


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great second novel It was full of intrigue and kept me wanting to read to find out what happened.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An average read for me Starvation Lake is Brian Gruley's debut novel. It is also the first book in the Gus Carpenter series. The book intrigued me after reading the synopsis on the back. I love a good mystery novel and this sounded like it fit the bill. The prologue caught my attention and had me wondering, but then I am not sure what happened. The first half of the book, I thought was slow-paced. I am a fan of hockey, but all the talk about the sport really drowned out the mystery aspect of the novel, the death of Coach Blackburn. The second half of the book really picked up in pace. It was almost as if I was reading a different book entirely. As for the ending, I wasn't shocked when the truth came out. Overall, this was an average read for me, three stars.
Date published: 2011-02-15

Editorial Reviews

“[The Hanging Tree] has it all—suspense, mystery, romance, detection, clear-eyed hometown nostalgia, professional dangers along with the other kind.” Kirkus Reviews