Books by Bryan Gruley

BLEAK HARBOR by Bryan Gruley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A deep dive into the deepest secrets of a one-family town and its leading family that sometimes gets murky, even exhausting, but is never less than enthralling. And you'll finish it with a wonderful sense that you've finally come up for air."
Gruley bids farewell to Starvation Lake, Michigan (The Skeleton Box, 2012, etc.), to explore the equally grim kidnapping of an autistic teenager who shares the same state and much the same state of mind. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON BOX by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2012

"Complex but lumpy, perhaps because of the true-crime roots a closing note reveals. But there's no mistaking Gruley's fierce love for his frigid hamlet."
The inexplicable murder of his mother's dearest friend sends Upper Michigan journalist Gus Carpenter, of the dying Pine County Pilot, back for another bracing trip to his town's endlessly sordid past. Read full book review >
THE HANGING TREE by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Gus's second has it all—suspense, mystery, romance, detection, clear-eyed hometown nostalgia, professional dangers along with the other kind—even if it seems that not a single citizen of Starvation Lake has ever outgrown being a goalie, wingman or hockey mom."
Instead of emerging from the watery depths as they did in Gruley's notable first novel (Starvation Lake, 2009), dark secrets from the past bloom on a storied tree in the upper-Michigan midwinter. Read full book review >
STARVATION LAKE by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2009

"Gruley's debut is generously plotted and rewardingly solid on character and atmosphere, though most readers will be ahead of Gus every step of the way."
Ten years after it disappears beneath the icy waters of Starvation Lake, a beloved hockey coach's snowmobile is found in another lake. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1993

"An informative rundown on an encounter that could prove a watershed in the evolution (or devolution) of America's metropolitan dailies."
A heartfelt take on two heartland dailies that (following a lengthy battle for local dominance) joined forces after a fashion; by a Detroit News journalist who covered the twisty story's denouement and understands its varied implications. Read full book review >