I just got finished reading Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. A lot of mysteries are very formulaic and methodical. Starvation Lake is not one of those mysteries. Instead, it a very well written tale, spun with care. Small details that you think nothing of at the time come into play later. Gruley weaves the present and the past together to draw a story that puts you firmly into the small town of Starvation Lake, Michigan. Augustus “Gus” Carpenter is the Assistant Editor on the local paper and hockey goalie for his team in the local men’s league. He’s also the guy who years ago let the state championship game get away, disappointing the whole town. When his beloved and long dead coach’s snowmobile washes up on a lake different from the one where he supposedly drowns, the question begin. By the time it is over, you know everyone in town, how they were affected by the stunning loss from years ago, and how they were affected by the mysterious coach.
If you want a mystery that has as much literary flavor as suspense, I’d recommend it.