Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Touchstone is Giving Away 5 Signed ARCs of Bryan Gruley's The Skeleton Box

The Skeleton Box by Bryan Gruley

From now — yesterday, actually — through the end of the month, April 30th, 2012, Touchstone is giving away five signed ARCs of The Skeleton Box, the third mystery in the "Starvation Lake" series by Bryan Gruley. (Some collectors consider an ARC, or Advanced Reading Copy, to be true the true "first edition" of a book.) We enjoyed the second mystery in this series, The Hanging Tree, much more than the first, Starvation Lake, which went on to win several literary mystery awards, including the 2010 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original.

To enter the giveaway, visit this page on GoodReads.com. And don't forget to check out the photo of Bryan signing the books!

Here's a synopsis of the book, from the publisher:

Mysterious break-ins are plaguing the small town of Starvation Lake. While elderly residents enjoy their weekly bingo night at St. Valentine's Catholic Church, someone is slipping into their homes to rifle through financial and personal files. Oddly, the intruder takes nothing — yet the "Bingo Night Burglaries" leave the entire town uneasy.

Worry turns into panic when a break-in escalates to murder. Suddenly, Gus Carpenter, editor of the Pine County Pilot, is forced to investigate the most difficult story of his life. Not only is the victim his ex-girlfriend Darlene's mother, but her body was found in the home of Bea Carpenter — Gus's own mother. Suffering from worsening dementia and under the influence of sleeping pills, Bea remembers little of the break-in.

With the help of Luke Whistler, a former Detroit Free Press reporter who came north looking for slower days and some old-fashioned newspaper work, Gus sets out to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when the story leads him to a lockbox his mother has kept secret for years, Gus doesn't realize that its contents could forever change his perception of Starvation Lake, his own family, and the value of the truth.

The Skeleton Box hits bookstores on June 5th, 2012.

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