Bad day breaking

John Galligan

Book - 2022

"A strange religious sect has arrived in Bad Axe County, Wisconsin. Armed with guns, an enigmatic spiritual leader and his followers set up their compound in an abandoned storage lot. It's not long before rumors start to spread of sadistic rituals and a planned takeover of the local government. But when one of the followers is found dead in the river, that's when full-on panic sets in. Sheriff Heidi Kick may not be a fan of the new group, but she is also dismayed by the hostile re...action of the Bad Axe community. With a murder investigation on her hands, the situation becomes more complicated when Sheriff Kick finds out an ex-boyfriend from her youth is out on parole early and looking to hunt her down. With a tumultuous snowstorm on the horizon, the cult members are on the verge of freezing, Bad Axe is on the edge of violence, and Sheriff Kick is just one false step away from losing her family, her town, and her very life. By a writer at the height of his powers, Bad Day Breaking is a thrilling mystery that explores the price paid for following false leaders and the power we each have to triumph over trauma"

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Series
Galligan, John. Bad Axe County novel ; 4.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Atria Paperback [2022]
Edition
First Atria Paperback edition
Language
English
Physical Description
326 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781982166564
1982166568
Main Author
John Galligan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This is Galligan's fourth visit to Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, whose residents seem stunningly unaware of the name's punning possibilities. This adventure begins with a meaty mystery puzzle: Was there a backpack near the dead body? The answer may help solve the murder. Then a pause to review the country-town problems that plague Bad Axe in general and police investigator Heidi Kick in particular, from boneheaded politicians to lonely seniors tying up the emergency lines in search of somebody to talk to. Then a puzzling interlude, introspective and essayish, before it's back to the good stuff. But different stuff. We watch Heidi do something bad. Will she be found out? What then? The reader waits, a bit impatiently, for these questions to be answered. They are, finally, in long scenes of fine writing and overpowering tension and violence. The matter of the backpack is resolved but almost as an afterthought. Most countrifed writers, like the late Bill Crider, suggest everything will be fine once the trash is thrown out. But not here, friend. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Galligan's stellar fourth novel set in Wisconsin's Bad Axe County (after 2021's Bad Moon Rising), the trouble begins with the arrival of the House of Shalah, a prosperity theology church, whose members set up a communal living space in a former self-storage facility. Hostile locals believe the church is really a pernicious cult. The already high tensions rise after Deputy Mikayla Stonebreaker roughs up its leader, Prophet-Father Euodoo Koresh, because she believed Koresh possessed illegal narcotics—which proves not to be the case. Sheriff Heidi Kick suspends Stonebreaker, but months later, after county commissioners overturn the suspension, the reinstated deputy sues Kick for gender discrimination. Meanwhile, Stonebreaker's husband has formed an anti–House of Shalah vigilante group. Fuel is added to the fire when a church member is found murdered in a lake, "his neck and belly sliced open with a knife." The appealing Kick, whose personality and skills never strain credulity, is complemented by a thoughtfully developed supporting cast. Galligan elevates his already impressive game with this one. Agent: Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Sheriff Heidi Kick struggles to prevent a radical religious sect from turning her county into the next Jonestown, all while a dark secret from her past puts her life in danger"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Sheriff Heidi Kick investigates a strange religious sect who have set up a compound in Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, amidst rumors of satanic rituals in the fourth novel of the series following Bad Moon Rising. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Wild Wild Country and Longmire meet in the latest in the “gritty, brash, and totally gripping” (The Real Book Spy) Bad Axe County series, as Sheriff Heidi Kick struggles to prevent a radical religious sect from turning her county into the next Jonestown, all while a dark secret from her past puts her life in danger. A strange religious sect has arrived in Bad Axe County, Wisconsin. Armed with guns, an enigmatic spiritual leader and his followers set up their compound in an abandoned storage lot. It’s not long before rumors start to spread of sadistic rituals and a planned takeover of the local government. But when one of the followers is found dead in the river, that’s when full-on panic sets in. Sheriff Heidi Kick may not be a fan of the new group, but she is also dismayed by the hostile reaction of the Bad Axe community. With a murder investigation on her hands, the situation becomes more complicated when Sheriff Kick finds out an ex-boyfriend from her youth is out on parole early and looking to hunt her down. With a tumultuous snowstorm on the horizon, the cult members are on the verge of freezing, Bad Axe is on the edge of violence, and Sheriff Kick is just one false step away from losing her family, her town, and her very life. By a writer at the height of his powers, Bad Day Breaking is a thrilling mystery that explores the price paid for following false leaders and the power we each have to triumph over trauma.