Misery Bay

Misery Bay

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Set amidst the lakes and woods of Northern Michigan, MISERY BAY is an icily gripping thriller of murder, madness and revenge. A teenage boy is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior in the dead of winter. There's no evidence of foul play. But then something about the scene by the freezing lake starts nagging at Alex McKnight's cop-brain, and when the cop who caught the case mentions in passing another tragic teenage suicide - again involving the son of a cop - Alex finds that he's become involved in a full-blown mystery. As what seems like a tragic suicide turns out to be the first of a bizarre series of killings, as a dark family history is gradually uncovered and the hunt for a very unusual killer begins...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 237 x 29mm | 530g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752897101
  • 9780752897103
  • 1,428,457

About Steve Hamilton

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Steve Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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Review quote

Steve Hamilton has crafted a thriller with a strong sense of location, solid characters and the kind of logical structure that keeps you turning the pages. -- Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES 20120114 "The novel's assured pacing and odd-couple double act would be enough by themselves to make this a first-rate thriller, but Misery Bay's biggest asset is Hamilton's portrayal of the Great Lakes region and its prickly, stoical inhabitants, which gives it the feel of a Scandinavian crime novel." -- John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES 20120304
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In the dead of winter a young man is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior known as Misery Bay.There's no evidence of foul play.Nothing to suggest it's anything other than a tragic teenage suicide.

Devastated and unbelieving, the boy's father just has one question.


Finding the answer is not a job ex-cop Alex McKnight relishes.But loss is something he understands only too well, and he knows how much Charles Razniewski needs to find some sort of closure, so he can grieve properly for his son.

Except that sometimes when you're looking for closure, you find the opposite.When he starts to question the local cops about the suicide, Alex's instincts instantly tell him that something is very, very wrong.And that he's unwittingly opened a door into a nightmare world of madness, murder and twisted revenge
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'Too good for words' NEW YORK TIMES



'Can't-put-it-down spectacular' LEE CHILD


'Crime-writing at its very best' GEORGE PELECANOS
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2,826 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 35% (977)
4 47% (1,326)
3 16% (460)
2 2% (45)
1 1% (18)
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