Every Thursday I give two crime-related book recommendations, one fiction and one non-fiction. And the debut selections are:
First up is SKIN RIVER by thriller writer Steven Sidor.
Here's the plot:
Buddy Bayes, a man with a shadowy past is trying desperately for a second chance at a peaceful life as a tavern owner in small-town Gunnar, Wisconsin. But just as things are beginning to look up, he stumbles across the severed hand of a missing girl in a nearby river. Soon he’s back in the sheriff’s radar and is forced to hide his past and protect his loved ones as carnage ensues.
Sidor can write. It's hard, fast, and gritty. If you like "cozy" mysteries this may not be your cup of tea but I'd still encourage you to give it a try. He has a way of summing up a person or atmosphere in just a few, perfect words.
"SKIN RIVER is an incredible debut-unforgettable, spellbinding, and darkly suspenseful. Steven Sidor must have sold his soul to the devil to write this well."-Steve Hamilton, author of ICE RUN
"Skin River is a sharp, breathless upcountry thriller. Steven Sidor keeps the pacing piano-wire taut and selects his words with a vivisectionist's diabolical care."-Stewart O'Nan, author of THE NIGHT COUNTRY
Sidor's debut novel maintains the tension throughout as the serial killer continues to thwart and taunt investigators.... Exquisitely plotted, with a well-realized main character.
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My first selection, although not very original, just has to be IN COLD BLOOD.
The first, the best, simply a classic.