Hunter's Dance

Hunter's Dance

3.94 (34 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.94 (34 ratings by Goodreads)

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Autumn in Michigan's Upper Peninsula means hunting season, and the fall of 1950 finds most everyone in St. Adele township hunting for something--deer, grouse, uranium; love, redemption, escape; a story, a husband, a murderer...

When the son of summer residents at the exclusive Shawanok Club is found dead after an uproarious dance at the town hall, the sheriff is flummoxed, and everyone is appalled: Bambi was found in the loft over the tool shed, bound, gagged, and inexpertly scalped. Who better to search for the killer than St. Adele's reluctant constable, John McIntire?

The trail he must follow branches off like the spokes of a wheel, in multiple directions, leading to multiple dead ends. The only common link seems to be the boy's parents: a father who is mysteriously unavailable, a mother on a mission to see her son's killer dead, who remains sequestered in her rented mansion, baking cream pies and playing the piano. Her imported private eye seems more interested in dallying with McIntire's exotic Aunt Siobhan, who's just turned up on his doorstep some 25 years after she ran off with a carnival worker as a teen. And Bambi's mentor on a summer's search for uranium, a hot prospect in Flambeau County, is more conversant with archaeological artifacts than Geiger counters.

McIntire's investigation takes him from the haunts of the affluent visitors, to the backwoods camp of a Rube Goldberg hermit, and finally to an abandoned gold mine where he learns what really happened that summer's night....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 390.09g
  • Poisoned Pen Press
  • Naperville, South Africa
  • English
  • 1590582756
  • 9781590582756

Review quote

When this densely plotted whodunit opens in 1950, wartime jobs have dried up and times are tough for fishermen, farmers, miners and loggers who live in
these parts. Being of hardy Scandinavian stock, people in the close-knit township of St. Adele still paint their houses in cheerful shades of yellow
and blue and kick up their heels at the big social events. But when two teenage boys get into a brawl at the Deer Hunters' Dance -- and when one of them is found murdered and hideously mutilated the next morning -- the town constable, a stolid fellow named John McIntire, wonders how well he really knows his neighbors. Germane or not, no political issue or social dynamic is overlooked in this story, from racial attitudes toward American Indians and the land grabbing schemes of visiting city slickers to the competitive housekeeping habits of the womenfolk and the current craze for uranium prospecting. But while the plethora of detail diffuses the action it also
produces rich character studies of people you don't meet every day. -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times 1/25/04
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About Kathleen Hills

Kathleen Hills spent the first forty years of her life in rural northern Minnesota before leaving for the real world and a career in speech and language pathology. After determining that ten years in the real world should be all that is demanded of anyone, she turned to writing. Her first novel, Past Imperfect, is available from Poisoned Pen Press. Kathleen divides her time between her home in Duluth, Minnesota and North Scotland and is currently at work on a third John McIntire mystery.
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3.94 out of 5 stars
- 34 ratings
5 32% (11)
4 38% (13)
3 24% (8)
2 3% (1)
1 3% (1)
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