Ragged Lake

Ron Corbett, 1959-

Book - 2017

While working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery: in a squatters cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered. Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake, a nearly abandoned village, to solve the familys murder. But no one is willing to talk. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area with his two junior officers. Before long, he is fighting not only to solve the crime... but also to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods.

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Corbett, Ron, 1959- Frank Yakabuski mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
326 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1770413944
9781770413948
Main Author
Ron Corbett, 1959- (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Corbett's well-crafted first foray into fiction (he has published seven nonfiction books) takes the reader into a grisly, claustrophobic world. Det. Frank Yakabuski and two regional police constables head to Canada's North to investigate the triple murder of a secretive family who built a makeshift cabin on logging land. Frank has to find the killers, battle a deadly gang who have arrived to clear all traces of their exploded meth lab, and confine a handful of residents of the abandoned town—and a few outsiders—in a local fishing lodge for their own protection. As he looks for answers, harsh lives in a harsh land are revealed—particularly those of the indigenous people of the North—along with terrible secrets and the desperation that sets in when jobs disappear. It's a visceral, occasionally blood-soaked tale that unwinds slowly and provides a shocking conclusion. Corbett knows the North and its people. Both the danger and the stark beauty of the place ring true on every level. Agent: Robert Lecker, Robert Lecker Agency. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Gruesome murders, a northern secret, and a buried pastWhile working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery: in a squatter’s cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered.An army vet coming off a successful turn leading a task force that took down infamous biker criminals, Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake, a nearly abandoned village, to solve the family’s murder. But no one is willing to talk. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area with his two junior officers. Before long, he is fighting not only to solve the crime but also to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods.A richly atmospheric mystery with sweeping backdrops, explosive action, and memorable villains, Ragged Lake will keep you guessing — about the violent crime, the nature of family, and secret deeds done long ago on abandoned frontiers.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A fishing camp in the far north becomes the centre of an explosive crime scene in this fresh, tautly written mystery. Along with a compelling plot, detective Frank Yakabuski is a fresh new protagonist with enough enemies in his past to always make life and work difficult.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As the history of a murdered family is pieced together, Detective Frank Yakabuski learns something criminal has been happening at Ragged Lake, with roots going back decades . . . The debut in a page-turning trilogy from award-winning writer Ron Corbett.