A murder has been committed in the small town of Willow Creek, Minnesota, and “Dutch” Cleeland has decided to make a run for it. After all, isn’t that what a murderer is supposed to do?
When the body of a woman is discovered in a ditch, Chief of Police Charlie Benson takes the small town’s first-ever murder a little too personally. Though the case is handed off to the County Sheriff, Charlie is determined to find the perp himself. Only problem is, he has next to nothing to go on, and the Sheriff breathing down his neck sure doesn’t help any. To make matters worse, it isn’t long before Charlie is presented with a new problem as he struggles with the dawning realization that the evidence in this case all points to the murderer being not only a local, but someone he knows very well.
A race against the clock -and a fast approaching blizzard of epic proportions- is set into motion, and the hunt is on for a killer in a small town where talk travels fast and danger lurks around every corner. Gritty and fast-paced, Olsen covers a lot of ground in his first novel. Based on his own native Minnesota, he paints a vivid picture of the frigid terrain complete with a colorful cast of locals that truly bring the story to life. A raw, noir-ish thriller with a twist ending that you won’t see coming!
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About the author
Jimmy Olsen is a native of Hoffman, Minnesota, and has degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Alabama. He’s worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer. For nearly forty years, he has been an active scuba diver and instructor, living five years in the Dominican Republic.