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  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYTBM6
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Jon Olson is a journalist and writer based in Milwaukee. His background includes a graduate fiction seminar with Leslie Epstein at Boston University. His short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, and his reporting has appeared in The Milwaukee Journal, and its successor, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he worked for 18 years. He has done research and writing projects for Sports Afield, and for two years produced a weekly TV talk show at the local PBS station. Jon is avid bicyclist. His novels, THE PETOSKEY STONE and THE RIDE HOME, are now available on Amazon as eBooks. Contact Jon at jonolson1@sbcglobal.net.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. Kent on January 7, 2011
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I read Jon's The Petoskey Stone twice because this story kept running through my head as I couldn't decide how many stars to give it in a review. When I reread it I took the time to write a list about the story, what did I like , what didn't I like. I realized that Jon Olson has the ability of writing a great story with alot of thought and detail put into it. What didn't I like when I first read it ? There was one thing about Steve Flaherty, so I wrote a list of what type of character was this reporter- likes vs dislikes and I found Flaherty to be someone I would definately want working for me if I owned a newspaper. He is possessed and will not stop his quest for finding the truth about what happened. He is a driven reporter with a hard personality and some tough language at times ( for me) I guess the language bothered me at first but when I reread the story I put everything in perspective and know that Jon Olson created Steve Flaherty in his mind and this is who Steve Flaherty is. Would I want a reporter who slack's off and is mild mannered but not gung ho in giving his all or would I want a Flaherty who gives 100% dedication at getting ALL the facts, working for me? I will take Flaherty any day. Is Flaherty a great character, you bet he is, does he have quirks, who doesn't?

Jon's book caught my attention due to the fact that there has been so many crane mishaps in the news lately. This mystery was very interesting as it made one wonder if there was money tightening due to the economy and cutting back on repairs needed for crane's or was their foul play involved.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By klhp on January 31, 2011
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How can I best describe my feelings for this book? Perhaps the best way is to tell you that I have a high-energy two-year-old and still managed to finish the book in three days. I couldn't put it down! The Petoskey Stone hooked me from the first chapter and kept me riveted until the last. Add this one to your reading list -- you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Roberts on December 28, 2010
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The Petoskey Stone is a highly satisfying, somewhat unconventional mystery. Reporter Steve Flaherty is sent to cover a big news story--a crane accident at the new half billion dollar stadium kills two men. But was it an accident or was it murder? While others are willing to let the story go, Flaherty is dogged in his pursuit of the truth.

The author has a talent for making the characters come alive. From grouchy Flaherty to secondary players like love-interest Keri, I felt I knew them all. Tight plotting and spot-on dialogue keep the story humming along. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAWB on September 18, 2011
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What an enjoyable read. I am a great reader of the crime fiction genre amongst others. I am so pleased I've got my kindle. These days browsing through the titles in a bookstore I more often then not leave empty-handed. The books are forumulaic and plastic. They seem all very similar and crafted to appeal to goodness knows what taste. Not mine that's for sure. When I started to read 'The Petoskey Stone', I knew I had found something different. You care for the characters and the storyline is so absorbing. The central character is a misfit that you feel for in all his predicaments. The book is a strange mixture in that on the one hand you want to know the why of what is going on and at the same time as the story unwinds you begin to get a sense of the drift but you are rooting for our hero to fill in all the details. Interwoven into the fabric of the plot is a very 'nice' love story. And the resolving of this 'boy meets girl' scenario is so interwoven with unravelling the mystery at the heart of the story and unweaving the complexity of this particular hero's 'being human' that all these threads being unravelled together makes for a very strong identification with the book as a whole and a very satisfying read. The two female characters are not a large part of the story but they are sharply drawn and you care for what happens to them. Try it. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wary Shopper on April 30, 2011
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In "The Petoskey Stone" Olson draws on his experience as a journalist to tell the story of a reporter as he investigates the death of workers in an accident involving the construction of a baseball stadium. The book is full of suspense and unexpected twists. Olson is an excellent writer and his story has a captivating flow. You will look forward to reading every turn of events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith W. Bridges on December 19, 2010
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I've loved this book since the first draft. Olson's characters are bright, engaging and just the right bit of cynical. He kept our critique group in the palm of his hand, waiting for each new set of pages. It isn't often that a writer builds a fan base so early in the game, but Olson did that. I can't wait to read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iris Ramie on April 24, 2011
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A grabbing opening, a flawed but likable hero, and a mystery plot that doesn't disappoint. Loved the pace, the secondary characters, the newsroom scenes and the road trip. Also liked the next book, The Ride Home, which was shorter but equally compelling. Keep them coming!
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I like a character who gives 100%. I especially like him if he's driven, moody, idiosyncratic, even rude. AFter all, perfect characters are boring. So I was immediately drawn in by Jon Olson's character, Flaherty. Secondly I had a friend who suffered permanent brain damage in an iron worker's accident: this too drew me into The Petoskey Stone. But it was Jon Olson's effortless and fine writing that kept me intrigued and rivetted throughout this novel.

I was also fascinated by the background history of the fossil coral known as the petoskey stone. But again, it was Olson's writing that held my interest throughout. Here is a whodunit with real class - all the shadows, smoky mirrors and unexpected twists of a mystery, but embellished with characters of real psychological depth. Flaherty is a hard-nose, the kind of man difficult women find difficult, and usually desirable. Any woman worth her salt will want to see more of him in future Olson novels!

Jon Olson has been a professional journalist, so he has excellent background credentials to draw on for this novel. Aside from that, he has the natural gift of a fine storyteller, a talent for excellent writing that just seems to flow. I highly recommend THE PETOSKEY STONE and look forward to his next work. And all the fine works to come!

Kiana Davenport, THE SPY LOVER, due in August
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