The Man Burned by Winter by Pete Zacharias

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Investigative journalist Rooker Lindstrom has given up on life. He’s lost everything and is spiraling downward in a house that’s doing the same, threatening to trap him forever in his father’s house of horrors. They’d do more than that too, “People say if walls could talk, these walls would scream.”

This is where Detective Tess Harlow finds Rooker. She looks at the once famous investigative journalist, the empty booze bottles surrounding him, the bones poking out of a frame that obviously doesn’t care about feeding itself, a man whose eyes all but scream that he’s waiting to die and she gives him a chance. Will he help her uncover who is killing women in the same fashion his father once had? Will Rooker have enough life left in him to scrape himself out of his chair, leave the bottles alone and face the life he’d tried so hard to run away from? This is the author’s first novel and if you enjoy a good underdog story, this one is right for you.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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