AVALANCHE by Patric F. McManus
AUTHOR SIGNED HARDCOVER
First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author.
2007 NY: Simon & Schuster
When the call comes in that Mike Wilson, the unlikable owner of West Branch Lodge, has gone
missing, Sheriff Tully is delighted. This is an excellent opportunity for Tully, his tracker pal Dave, and his retired
sheriff father, Pap, to enjoy a few evenings of hot tubs and single-malt scotch at the luxurious lodge
while working the case. However, visions of R & R vanish in a flash on the drive up, when Tully and Pap
suddenly realize an avalanche is thundering down the mountain, straight toward them.
Tully manages to outrun the crush of snow, but the road behind is blocked, and there's no telling for
how long. Tully's stranded at the lodge with a motley group of vacationers and locals: a sassy co-ed, a
group of rambunctious fraternity boys, a shadowy group of what looks like ex-cons, the missing owner's
wife, a suspiciously good-looking bartender, and worst (or perhaps best) of all, Tully's old flame, who
shows up with her dogsled and naughty intentions.
Both vacationers and locals start to look like suspects when Tully discovers startling evidence
proving that the avalanche was no accident of nature. But why would anybody want him dead? And then the
missing persons case turns into a murder case when Mike Wilson's body turns up in the river a couple
of days later. But who killed him, and how? Furthermore, when another murder in Blight City is reported
that week, the only suspect who makes sense...is the dead guy, Mike Wilson. But how could that have
happened? It's up to Tully to figure it all out in this comic romp through the wilds of Blight County, from
bestselling author Patrick McManus.