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Season's Revenge: A Christmas Mystery Hardcover – October 1, 2003

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Paul Passoja has lived on Michigan's Upper Peninsula all of his 70-plus years and would never invite a bear attack with bacon grease around his tent--which is why Native American Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez refuses to accept Passoja's death as a tragic accident. Plus, as he begins to question Passoja's family and associates, Martinez notices that there are too many grieving tears not being shed over the death. The history of the area also becomes a factor. The peacefulness of this forested haven is an illusion: Passoja was at the center of a history of treachery that extends back decades. Kisor, the longtime literary editor and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, has surely read a lot of mysteries through the years. He has cherry-picked the best elements and woven them into a satisfying mystery with a clever plot, engaging protagonist, and believable dialogue. And Kisor doesn't stop there. He adds a nice love story and even tosses in a little homespun Christmas cheer. An impressive debut. Wes Lukowsky
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"Season's Revenge is a compelling book for two reasons. First of all Henry Kisor has told a crackerjack mystery story. Secondly, he has created a vivid portrait for those who are fortunate enough to be familiar with the atmosphere and the environment of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior in the Porcupine Mountain region where so many Finnish immigrants settled. This is a special segment of American culture and life which deserves to be much better known and will be after this book has been read." --Andrew M. Greeley, New York Times bestselling author of The Bishop in the West Wing

"Season's Revenge is a great read, a high-octane plot and an authentic Upper Penninsula of Michigan setting. I hope Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez is going to be back in many more adventures."--Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Authorized Personnel Only
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765306662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765306661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Kisor is the retired book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times as well as the author of three nonfiction books and six mystery novels. He is also the co-author of one children's book.

He is the author of a series of mystery novels set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Season's Revenge (2003), A Venture into Murder (2005), Cache of Corpses (2007),] Hang Fire (2013), and Tracking the Beast (2015). A fifth novel, The Riddle of Billy Gibbs, is forthcoming in 2016.

His nonfiction works are What's That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness (1990 and 2010), Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America (1994) and Flight of the Gin Fizz: Midlife at 4,500 Feet (1997).

His books have been published abroad in German, Dutch and United Kingdom editions.

He writes two blogs, The Reluctant Blogger and The Whodunit Photographer.
He was the book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 to his retirement in 2006, after five years in the same position with the old Chicago Daily News.

His reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC.com. Between 1977 and 1982 he was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. From 1983 to 1986 he wrote a weekly syndicated column on personal computers that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times and other newspapers.

He was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1981. The Friends of Literature awarded him the first James Friend Memorial Critic Award in 1988 and the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Nonfiction in 1991 for What's That Pig Outdoors? In 1991 Trinity College awarded him a honorary Doctor of Letters degree. In 2001 he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

Educated at Trinity College (B.A., 1962) in Hartford, Conn., and at Northwestern University (M.S.J., 1964) in Evanston, Ill., Kisor began his newspaper career in 1964 with the Evening Journal in Wilmington, Del.

He winters in Evanston, Illinois, and summers in Ontonagon, Michigan, with his wife, Deborah Abbott. They have two grown sons, Colin, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (m. Melody Pershyn), and Conan, a corporate communications editor and writer for the Boeing Company (m. Annie Tully). They also have two grandsons, William Henry Kisor and Conan Emmet Kisor; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Maria Kisor and Alice Flynn Kisor.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2003
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I discovered Henry Kisor some years ago, and a pleasant experience it has been indeed. I started with his book, "Flight of the Gin Fizz," a tremendously appealing tale of a solo flight across America in a small plane, and of the fascinating people he encountered, not least himself. That lead me to his other works, which I also enjoyed, leaving me waiting his next.
A new Kisor book has just been published, "Season's Revenge". To my surprise, the book is a crime novel, a most excellent one, and unlike anything else Kisor has done. Still, Kisor, outside of his own writings, is perhaps best known as a book critic of mystery novels.
The book proved a gratifying read. Being a long time fan - as is obvious - of Kisor's work, none the less "Seasons' Revenge" is a treat. Let me be honest. I read few mysteries, save Tony Hillerman, which really are rather what I am told are considered police procedurals rather than mysteries of the classic Agatha Christie style.
Kisor's hero, Deputy Steve Martinez, is a recently hired Lakota Sioux sheriff's deputy in Da UP, Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula to those not from the Midwest. Martinez, raised in upstate New York, is escaping a failed romance and trying to start a new life.
The novel opens with the discovery of a grisly death scene of a local stalwart of the community, killed in a vicious bear attack. Though the death seems to clearly be nothing more than a tragedy of events, Martinez is dissatisfied. Things just don't quite add up. Yet, he really has nothing to go on, nothing to point at.
Keeping his dissatisfaction to himself, Martinez keeps his ears and eyes open as the UP eases from Fall into Winter, largely becoming cut off from the outside world.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Larry VINE VOICE on February 27, 2004
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In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a wealthy and politically powerful man is found dead in a campsite. He died of a heart attack after a bear attacked his tent. Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez notices a trail of bacon fat leading to the tent and wonders if this was actually murder. He investigates.
The locale of the Upper Peninsula is well portrayed in this well written but routine character driven crime drama. The book is packaged as a Christmas tale and this is really misleading. Parts of the book take place during that time of year but the holiday plays no significant role in the story.
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When I hear about a mystery writer that I had never read, I always start at the beginning of the series and read until I don't like them any more. Now, after the three I have read so far, I am waiting impatiently for the next great book.
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A detective novel set in Michigan's UP. A good mystery and interesting environment. I loved this book and have now read the whole series. This is not a nonstop action kind of detective book. Its more deliberate and character driven.
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By Brave Warrior VINE VOICE on November 23, 2010
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Nothing like a good murder mystery in the Upper P to start the season off. The only thing I really did not like was that the paperback I had, had very small print.
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