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Dead of summer
Miano, Mark.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books, 1999.

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217 pages ; 19 cm
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"A Michael Carpo mystery"--at head of title on cover.
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It's August in New York, and Michael Carpo needs a getaway. Relief comes when his old friend, Jack Crawford, offers his home overlooking Lake Lillinonah in sleepy Bridgewater, Connecticut. But Carpo's plans of a restful vacation end the day he arrives, when he discovers Crawford's lifeless body sprawled in a pool of blood. Local authorities rule it a suicide, and even Carpo can't explain away his friend's hideously slashed wrists. But for Carpo, suspecting the worst comes with his job -- and he's beginning to suspect murder...especially when he learns seven other Bridgewater residents have died tragically in the past three years.

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Booklist Review

Michael Carpo looks forward to his annual week of housesitting at the rural Connecticut cabin of his old friend, newspaper columnist Jack Crawford. Carpo and his curmudgeonly mentor traditionally share a meal and catch up on each other's lives before Crawford heads south to visit relatives. But, this summer, Crawford is dead when Michael arrives, his body locked in the bathroom with his dog, Floyd. The coroner rules suicide, but Michael has doubts, which quickly become convictions when he finds the meal Jack always prepared for them waiting in the icebox; men planning suicide don't marinate pork chops. Journalist Michael investigates on his own when his attempts to get local police involved are rebuffed. Only when Michael threatens to go national with the story do the local constabulary budge, and what they learn shakes Michael's faith in the system and jeopardizes the new love in his life. The third Carpo mystery is smoothly written, populated by eccentric but believable small-town citizens, and rich with atmosphere. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

New York resident, coffee fanatic and television writer Michael Carpo escapes to the small town of Bridgewater, Conn., once a year for a week at the house of a friend, elderly African-American writer Jack Crawford. This year, Carpo's vacation plan takes a detour when he finds Jack dead. In this third Carpo caper (after The Street Where She Lived), Miano agreeably picks up the pace from the earlier, somewhat lackadaisical, entries. Jack's demise looks a lot like suicide, but a trip to the local library reveals that the older residents of the sleepy burg are dying at a suspiciously fast clip. The deceased, it turns out, are all linked to a ghost town submerged by a recently constructed lake. Carpo must find out who wanted them dead, and why, before the last of the lost town's survivors disappear. He is distracted from his detecting, however, by Amanda Cutler, a local painter whose artwork comes eerily close to duplicating his own bad dreams. An evocative subtext exploring the emotional fallout from deaths that haunt the living will help keep readers turning pages in this tightly woven mystery, the best yet of the series. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When Michael Carpo, a New York City television news writer (The Street Where She Lived, LJ 2/1/98), questions the alleged suicide of a famous author friend in rural Connecticut, he uncovers a whole series of questionable deaths of the elderly, attributed to accident and/or suicide. Carpo's astute research aggravates the local police, but he does find a common denominator for the murders. His dead friend's beautiful painter/neighbor, meanwhile, provides tea and sympathy. An intriguing plot, smooth-flowing prose, and plenty of suspense; highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.