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A Cold and Lonely Placeby Sara J Henry
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Troy Chance returns in another riveting novel from the author of the critically acclaimedLearning to Swim
*Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the frozen lake is the shadowy outline of a body—a man she knows.
A lurid news story goes viral, throwing suspicion on one of Troy's housemates. Troy is assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who turns out to be the son of a wealthy Connecticut family playing at a blue-collar life in this Adirondack village. As Troy digs deeper into his life and mysterious death—working with his bereaved sister, reclusive girlfriend, and helpful neighbor—a string of incidents makes it clear someone doesn't want the investigation to continue.
What Troy discovers threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns, and she must decide which family secrets should be exposed, and how far her own loyalty can reach.
"At the start of Henry's haunting follow-up to her Agatha-winning debut, Learning to Swim (2011), reporter Troy Chance stumbles onto what could be the story that changes her career — as well as several lives — when the ice cutters she's photographing on New York's Saranac Lake for a feature about the Lake Placid — area resort's annual Winter Carnival find a man frozen under the surface. Almost as shocking, the victim is someone Troy knows — trust fund slacker Tobin Winslow, her roommate Jessamyn's boyfriend. Which makes the waiflike Jessamyn most definitely a person of interest to police. As Troy start digging, unexpectedly joining forces with Win, Tobin's impossible-to-dislike sister, she quickly discovers there are even more questions concerning Tobin's life than his death. Adding considerably to the compulsively readable mystery that unfolds — marred only by an anemic romantic subplot carried over from Swim — is Henry's bone-deep sense of this terribly beautiful place. Agent: Barney Karpfinger, the Karpfinger Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Troy Chance returns in another riveting novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Learning to Swim
Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body--a man she knows.
One of her roommates falls under suspicion, and the media descends. Troy's assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who, it turns out, was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack village. And the deeper Troy digs into his life and mysterious death, the murkier things become. After the victim's sister comes to town and a string of disturbing incidents unfold, it's clear someone doesn't want the investigation to continue, and Troy doesn't know who to trust.
A Cold and Lonely Place, the sequel to Learning to Swim, follows Troy on a powerful emotional journey as she discovers the damage left by long-hidden secrets and catches a glimpse of what might have been.
The second work of suspense featuring the same daring heroine from the author's acclaimed first thriller, Learning to Swim
Troy Chance is innocently taking pictures of the Saranac Lake ice palace when she discovers the body of her roommate's boyfriend encased in the ice. Tobin Winslow was born rich, but had been playing at a blue-collar life. And when Troy starts questioning how a wealthy kid from Greenwich, Connecticut, ends up frozen in an upstate New York lake, she has no idea of the web of deceit and danger she will become entangled in.
What's the secret the Winslow family guards so closely? Who's trying to get hold of Tobin's belongings? Who was he trying so desperately to protect? To uncover the truth, Troy must seek the answers etched into the dark side of the ice.
About the Author
SARA J. HENRY is the author of Learning to Swim. She has been a columnist, soil scientist, newspaper and magazine editor, freelance writer, bicycle mechanic, webmaster, web designer, and book editor. A Tennessee native, she studied in Knoxville and Canada, and now lives in Vermont.
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