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Murder under the loon
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Woodbury, Minn. : Midnight Ink, 2008.
Physical Description:
229 p. ; 21 cm.
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A dead president found frozen under a giant loon? Life is usually quiet and cold in the average-sized Minnesota town of Fergus Falls. With one solved murder under his belt, Sheriff Knutson would rather his upstart deputy Orly Peterson look into the incident. But with a mysterious lack of footprints in the snow, the Sheriff becomes worried that this is more than just a snowmobile accident--Publisher.


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In the good old Minnesota town of Fergus Falls, murder is about as common as shorts-wearing tourists in January. But even in quiet Nordic towns, strange things can happen in the dead of winter.

Eager to retire, insurance company owner "Pinky" Hofstead had grand plans to announce the appointment of his new president at an all-employee winter weekend retreat. But after a night of snowmobiling in sub-zero weather, Hofstead is found the next day--as cold and stiff as a piece of dried lutefisk.

Puzzled by how Hofstead's body could be lying beneath a concrete loon with his snowmobile abandoned fifty feet away, Otter County Sheriff Palmer Knutson and his upstart rookie detective suspect that this is more than just an accident. With possible motives of greed, ambition, and jealousy, could any of the four employees or their spouses be cold-blooded enough to ice the boss?

Uffda! There's a murderous chill in the air!

Author Notes

Minnesota native Gerald Anderson (Moorhead, MN) is a professor of British and European history at North Dakota State University.

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Kirkus Review

A night of snowmobiling on a frozen Minnesota lake takes a turn toward the deadly. John Hofstead, the retiring president of the Hofstead Hail Insurance Company, has gathered his staff at the Otter Slide Resort for a weekend of fun and a chance to influence his final decision on who will replace him. Unfortunately, the popular boss doesn't survive the first evening. He's found dead under the statue of a giant concrete loon, apparently the victim of a tragic snowmobile accident. Sheriff Palmer Knutson sends hotshot deputy Orly Peterson to investigate and quickly realizes when he peruses the crime scene photos that it was no accident. Only the small group of Hofstead employees and their wives and the resort owners could have done the deed. It's up to Knutson and Peterson to question the grieving widow, the well-regarded secretary, the old friend, the tippling salesman, the company computer expert and even the struggling resort owners. The subzero winter temperatures and howling winds may confine the action to the indoors, but they don't prevent Knutson from coming up with the right answer. Anderson's latest dispatch from Otter Tail County (Death Before Dinner, 2007, etc.) keeps you guessing while gently guiding you through the intricacies of relationships among Swedes, Finns and Norwegians. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.