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Catalog Archive / Fall 2021

A Driftless Murder

“McGinley spins a chilling tale. This fast-paced police procedural spotlights the darker side of human nature and peers into the hearts and souls of those pledged to uphold the law. A rare treat for mystery readers.”
—Patricia Skalka, author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series

As he finishes a cup of his morning coffee, retired cop and former detective Pat Donegal gets a curious call from the Kickapoo County Chief Deputy Hennie Duggan. A gruesome discovery of human remains on a ridge portends grisly possibilities that neither man wants to consider. Donegal, physically and emotionally hungover from a rough break-up, is known for his unorthodox methods and a tendency to bend the rules. Even though Duggan chafes at his style, he knows he needs a skilled investigator like Donegal to have his back.

As strange details continue to emerge, the detectives enlist the help of city cop and data expert Shea Sommers. As the team crisscrosses the state to chase a few promising leads, their search expands beyond local guides and neighbors to members of a sinister, secret hunting society. When Duggan mysteriously disappears—and becomes a suspect himself—Donegal must take over the case. He soon realizes the investigation might not only be unsolvable but could land him in prison—or an early grave.


Jerry McGinley Jerry McGinley is the author of six novels and a poetry chapbook. He is the founder and editor of the Yahara Prairie Review and Lake City Lights.




“A crime remains unsolved in bucolic Kickapoo County and the public demands answers. Desperation sets in until a pair of mismatched city cops are brought in to work the case. The nonstop action bounces between bluff country and the gritty streets of Milwaukee. McGinley has delivered a marvelous page-turning mystery with a distinctly Wisconsin flavor.”
—Jim Guhl, author of Eleven Miles to Oshkosh



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A Driftless Murder: Cover showing an inverted photo of cliffside trees. In the black sky above the tree line, the title text hovers in striking white font. The author text sits below the title text and is written in small, orange font.

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August 2021
LC: 2021007336 PS
264 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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Paper $18.95
ISBN 9780299332846
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