Michigan Fiction

She's Not There By P. J. Parrish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503945043
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - September 8th, 2015

They say it's better to battle the devil you know. But what if you don't recognize him before it's too late?

She knows her name is Amelia, but after waking up in a hospital battered and bruised with just the clothes on her back, it's all she knows. Unable to piece together her shattered memory, she's haunted by a vision: menacing faces and voices implying her nightmare is far from over.

Relying only on her wits and her will to live, Amelia becomes a fugitive from a mysterious man, and a life she can't even remember. But the past she's fleeing has no intention of letting her go.

The Women of the Copper Country: A Novel By Mary Doria Russell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982109592
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Published: Atria Books - July 7th, 2020

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes “historical fiction that feels uncomfortably relevant today” (Kirkus Reviews) about “America’s Joan of Arc”—the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world.

In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements has seen enough of the world to know that it’s unfair. She’s spent her whole life in the mining town of Calumet, Michigan, where men risk their lives for meager salaries—and have barely enough to put food on the table for their families. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren’t coming home. So, when Annie decides to stand up for the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

Yet as Annie struggles to improve the future of her town, her husband becomes increasingly frustrated with her growing independence. She faces the threat of prison while also discovering a forbidden love. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will see just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the families of Calumet.

From one of the most versatile writers in contemporary fiction, this novel is an authentic and moving historical portrait of the lives of the crucial men and women of the early labor movement “with an important message that will resonate with contemporary readers” (Booklist).

Sandy Bottom By Robert Downes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990467021
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Published: Wandering Press - April 1st, 2020

Windigo Moon: A Novel of Native America By Robert Downes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943075362
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Published: Blank Slate Press - September 5th, 2017

The great love of Blue Heron and Red Bear sustain an Ojibwe clan as it struggles to survive war, famine, and the coming of foreign explorers bearing deadly diseases. 

The blood feud between two rival warriors over the love of Ashagi, a strong-willed woman of great beauty and greater determination threads through this story of one Ojibwe clan on the cusp of great change. A young woman from a peaceful village, Ashagi (Blue Heron) is abducted in a raid conducted by the Sioux, the ancestral enemies of her clan, and made a concubine of a fat, slovenly chief who already has two wives. When she is rescued by Misko (Red Bear), an Ojibwe youth, the two fall in love and a lifelong bond is formed. But Nika, Misko’s rival, demands that Misko surrender Ashagi to replace his brother who was killed during a raid involving the young warriors’ two clans. As Nika’s pride and obsession with Ashagi eats away at his sanity, greater danger for the whole Ojibwe way of life creeps ever closer.

Warfare, vengeance, supernatural monsters, and strange spirits all claw at the edges of this love triangle, but the power of the clan and the love of family and tradition helps sustain a culture on the verge of harrowing times. Beginning in 1588 and spanning twenty-five years, WINDIGO MOON encompasses warring tribes of the Upper Great Lakes, the onset of the Little Ice Age of the 1600s, the diseases introduced by foreign explorers, and, always and forever, the great love of Blue Heron and Red Bear.

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, WINDIGO MOON will appeal to fans of Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, Jean Auel, Alexander Thom, Anna Lee Waldo, and other top authors of historical fiction.

The Wolf and The Willow By Robert Downes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990467045
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Published: Wandering Press - May 11th, 2021

"The Wolf and The Willow" is a multicultural story of first contact between indigenous peoples and European invaders, set in the bones of ancient America. Willow, a slave of Black and Arab descent is swept up in a doomed 1527 expedition to the New World, where she meets Wolf, a spy for the shamans of the Ojibwe nation.

The book begins in Morocco, where Willow is abducted by pirates. Sold in a slave market in Sevilla, she joins the 1528 expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez to Florida. In the New World, she meets Wolf, a trader, neophyte shaman, and spy for the shamans of the Ojibwe people on a mission to find a mythical animal. Together, they outwit their captors on a mission through the heart of Indian civilization on the Mississippi, culminating at the ancient ruins of Cahokia, outside present-day St. Louis.

Grounded in historical events and extensively researched, the novel brims with adventure, romance and the peaks and chasms of the human spirit.

Bicycle Hobo By Robert Downes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982134481
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Published: Wandering Press - May 10th, 2018

"Bicycle Hobo" revisits the story of Moby-Dick in a thriller set on the underside of modern America.
When a homicidal motorist kills his wife during a bicycle tour of the South, a man known only as Jake spends months trying to track the killer down through the efforts of the law, social media and a private investigator, all in vain. Driven to the brink of insanity, Jake receives a divine clue. He quits his job to cycle the highways of America, following the wind in the desperate hope that his path will cross the killer on the road. Along the way he encounters an assortment of misfits and dreamers and a battle for his own soul. Sure to be of interest to every cyclist, especially those who enjoy bicycle touring, the book includes more than a dozen illustrations.

The Marsh King's Daughter By Karen Dionne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213012
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 17th, 2018


"Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be."--The New York Times Book Review

"[A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans."--Cosmopolitan

"Sensationally good psychological suspense."--Lee Child

Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King's Daughter is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn't know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King--because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

The Wicked Sister By Karen Dionne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213043
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 29th, 2021

"Chilling and captivating, The Wicked Sister explores the complex layers of family bonds, guilt, and redemption. A beautifully written, haunting psychological thriller." --Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Marsh King's Daughter comes a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil.

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family's sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns--as her mother did years earlier--that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

SKU: 9781943995219

In the summer of 1895, Woodruff Parmelee, the son of a well to do farmer on Old Mission Peninsula, was tried for the murder of Julia Curtis, his pregnant girlfriend. On the day the verdict was announced a large and menacing crowd gathered in and around the courthouse demanding that justice be done.

Parmelee’s defense rested on his alibi. He claimed that he was clearing brush for a new road leading to West Bay while the body was found near the shore of East Bay. At trial, Louie Parmelee, Woodruff’s fifteen year old son from his first marriage who was living with him at that time, testifed in support of his father.

Summer People (Sheriff Ray Elkins Thriller #1) By Aaron Stander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780978573218
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Published: Writers & Editors, LLC - May 9th, 2016

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The summer residents are settling in for the season and the tourists are beginning to flood the highways and beaches. But the idyllic vision of a summer at the shore is suddenly shattered by a gangland-style shooting. This murder is quickly followed by the deaths of three more summer residents, each taking place under suspicious circumstances.

At time hindered by local politics and the proverbial tension between the "summer people" and the "natives," Sheriff Ray Elkins searches for the possible links between the four victims. As he probes into their tangled lives and dark histories, he finds both the motive and the possible murderer.

Ice Hunter: A Woods Cop Mystery By Joseph Heywood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493040476
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Published: Lyons Press - April 1st, 2019

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In a brilliant debut to a thrilling series, Grady Service gets news that his nemesis, the head of an incestuous clan of poachers, is to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot in the Mosquito Wilderness. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and capture the "ice hunter." MEET GRADY SERVICE: former Marine, renowned tracker, conservation officer, and the last person any errant hunter wants to cross. In Ice Hunter-the first of a series of mysteries set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and celebrated for its intricate plots and outrageously unforgettable characters-Service defends his turf with the tenacity of a bear and the wisdom of an ancient. He shuns all creature comforts and consumerism and is most at home stalking the Mosquito Tract, his self-designated wilderness. Times are not easy for Service. As the summer season opens, he gets news that his nemesis, the despicable leader of an incestuous clan of poachers, is to be released from prison. But something even more sinister is afoot-something that inspires untold greed, involves giants of industry and politics, and renders human life dispensable. Service must call upon his every reserve to track, stalk, and capture the "ice hunter." Full of grit and wilderness lore, Ice Hunter pulls you in and won't let you go.


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A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel (Alex McKnight Novels #1) By Steve Hamilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250012685
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 22nd, 2012

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When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other book before it....

Other than the bullet lodged near his heart, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner's death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cabin in the woods, a murderer with the same unmistakable trademarks appears to be back. McKnight can't understand who else would know the intimate details of the old murders. And it seems like it'll be a frozen day in Hell before McKnight can unravel truth from deception in a town that's anything but Paradise.