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Hunter's Dance (John McIntire Mysteries) Hardcover – January 30, 2004

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The deliberate pace of Hills's sophomore effort, set in heavily rural Upper Michigan in the 1950s (after 2002's Past Imperfect), succeeds perfectly in capturing the complex relationships between insiders and outsiders and the obligations of family and friendship. An argument at a local dance between a rich kid and an Indian youth is prelude to a bizarre murder that sucks Constable John McIntire away from his pleasurable pastime of translating Selma Lagerlf's The Story of Gsta Berling from Swedish to English. By rights McIntire's role is secondary to that of the state police and Sheriff Pete Koski. But McIntire, prodded by conscience and curiosity, worries the investigation along like a bloodhound. Like an art restorer who uncovers a masterpiece hidden under a later, poorer painting, Hills lovingly clears away the grime and accretions to reveal stunning portraits of the residents of St. Adele, be they native, prodigal or temporary. Glimpses of individual portraits tantalize: the wife desperate to save her heavy-drinking husband; the bereaved mother compulsively baking; the private investigator seemingly more intent on finding uranium than a killer; the ancient recluse living rough and zealously guarding his privacy. But only when the restoration is complete can the viewer (or reader) appreciate the brilliance of the artist's vision. Hills's quiet masterpiece, including its shocking ending, lingers in the mind's eye long after the book is finished.
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In his second appearance, township constable John McIntire helps investigate the death of the son of one of the summer residents at the exclusive Shawanok Fishing Club in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Eighteen-year-old Bambi Morlen is found dead and partially scalped after a fistfight with a local boy, Marvin Wall, a Native American. Is Marvin the murderer, or is it Bambi's best friend, or even his own parents? Complicating matters, the autopsy finds Bambi was stabbed and poisoned in addition to being scalped. McIntire reluctantly assists the sheriff of Flambeau County with the investigation, but all leads seem to peter out, and Bambi's parents are distant and unhelpful. Although McIntire is disturbed by the arrival of his aunt Siobhan, bringing up unresolved issues about his past, he perseveres. An honorable, likable main character; a good sense of place and time; quirky, well-developed secondary characters; and a complex plot with numerous twists--it all adds up to an enjoyable addition to what is quickly becoming a fine series. Sue O'Brien
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Product Details

  • Series: John McIntire Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; First Edition edition (January 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590580943
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,716,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crammer VINE VOICE on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in a series by Kathleen Hills featuring John McIntire as the "detective." Retired from military intelligence, John has returned to the northern Michigan (shores of Lake Superior) area in which he was raised, bringing with him his English wife Leonie. John is shanghaied into accepting the position of Constable in this poor rural area.

This mystery involves a wealthy young man from the East Coast who is murdered. The boy is vacationing in an exclusive enclave and his mother is bent on discovering which of the locals has done this. John is strongarmed into helping with the investigation because the county sheriff is short a deputy and the death occurred in his territory.

The writing in this book is outstanding, and unlike an earlier book, the plotting is tight and the story moves right along. An interesting array of characters, both locals and "outsiders," create an interesting list of suspects. Hills keeps you stumped to the very end (and I read a LOT of mysteries) and yet it all makes sense. The 1950s setting and the sparsely populated North Woods/shores of Superior setting add to the charm.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series, which is already in print.
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I'm afraid the 2 reveals at the end didn't make sense. 1] If you're going to kill someone because they've found out your secret, you shouldn't wait or they can tell someone else. 2] Implossible timing, reason for being there, etc.

Good 1950s atmosphere, though.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Woehlert on June 19, 2014
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Have not read yet, but looks good, fast delivery. Thank you.
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