Determined to make a fresh start after beating cancer, Chicagoan Leigh Girard leaves a failed marriage and teaching career and moves to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. One of her first assignments as a writer for the local newspaper is an obituary feature on Carl Peck, an amateur naturalist, who died suddenly. His widow is claiming medical negligence. But as Leigh looks into the story, she discovers something far worse: possible murder.When the Peck's daughter attempts to take her own life shortly after her good friend kills herself, Leigh makes a shocking connection to a twenty-year-old secret. As she probes the heart of a tragic mystery that bridges past and present, Leigh learns that the survival instincts that have carried her this far are about to be tested against a clever killer.
Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in Libertyville, Illinois, with her husband.
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Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer, freelance writer, editor, and college lecturer. Lisel Mueller described her book of poems, Landscape Toward a Proper Silence, as a "splendid collection." In 2002 she was awarded an Illinois Arts Council award for her poem, "In Country." She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught writing and literature.Her first mystery novel, Destroying Angels, was written as a result of her son's suggestion: "You're always reading mysteries, why don't you try writing one." Kirkus Reviews described her second Leigh Girard mystery, Death's Door, as "fast-paced and literate, with a strong protagonist and a puzzle that keeps you guessing." Her third Leigh Girard mystery, Peak Season for Murder, was awarded a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Sleuth. Her book of poems, Homeless, In My Own Words: True Stories of Homeless Mothers, was based on her interviews with homeless mothers living in Chicagoland area shelters. She spent a year recording the women's stories.White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing is forthcoming and was inspired by her two appearances on PBS' Genealogy Roadshow.She was certified as a canoe instructor and has led canoeing trips on the Des Plaines River. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she likes to hike the beautiful forest preserves near her house.Review:
"The stark beauty of the Door peninsula provides the backdrop for this riveting debut thriller. Plan on an all-nighter." -- Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2006
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