Witch Cradle

Witch Cradle

A Mystery

Book - 2006
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Poisoned Pen Press
One icy January day on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Constable John McIntire, ever reluctant to police his neighbors in tiny St. Adele, is presented evidence that two of them, Rose and Teddy Falk, had not emigrated to Soviet Karelia in 1934 along with other patriotic Finns recruited by the Communists. Digging up an abandoned cistern on the Falk farm is a chore, but in the end two skeletons emerge. And one is not Teddy Falk. . .

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From the author of ""Hunter's Dance"" comes the newest mystery featuring 1950s Township Constable John McIntire, ever reluctant to police his neighbors in St. Adele, Michigan. When two skeletons are discovered buried in a cistern, McIntire struggles to solve the two-decades-old murders.

January, 1951, while the country is in the grip of war in Korea, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and Senator Joe McCarthy, the residents of St. Adele, Michigan are more concerned with staying warm and shoveling snow, until a bizarre ice storm brings down a towering pine. Entangled in its roots is evidence that leads Constable John McIntire to the abandoned farmstead of a young couple who had supposedly left the community years before, part of an exodus of Finnish-Americans gone off to build a workers' Utopia in the Soviet republic of Karelia. McIntire's fears are realized when he discovers two bodies, buried sixteen years in an unused cistern.
In his zeal to uncover the truth, McIntire brings the scrutiny--and the suspicion--of a Red-hunting government agent upon his neighbors and himself. It is only the beginning of his mis-calculations. Each step in investigating the deaths seems only to bring more misery to the living. Old wounds are opened, old terrors rekindled, and old wrongs exposed. McIntire himself is not immune. He struggles to solve the two-decades old murders, while a part of the past he hoped to bury forever threatens to destroy his new life.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590582541
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 23 cm


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Dec 04, 2016

(The third book in the John McIntire series)


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