Episode # 17

Deep Winter
A Novel

Samuel W. Gailey

Danny, a simpleminded gentle giant, doesn’t know what to make of the body he discovers one cold winter evening in his small town where not everything is as it seems, and something sinister lurks just below the surface. Read More »

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2/20/14
Blue Rider Press
Hardcover
304 pgs.
$25.95
0399165967
20149780399165962
Blue Rider Press

 


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Deep Winter

Danny, a simpleminded gentle giant, doesn’t know what to make of the body he discovers one cold winter evening. It’s Mindy, his only friend in the small town of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, where most people avoid Danny, even though a childhood tragedy left him parentless and with limited mental capabilities. Wary of the damage he could cause with his unchecked strength, the town has labeled him as dangerous, whether he intends to be or not. So when the local bully-turned-deputy finds Danny with Mindy’s body, it seems obvious to everyone that the normally kindhearted man has finally hurt someone. But Mindy’s gruesome murder and Danny’s arrest gravely upset the delicate balance of the town order, and the violence threatens to spin out of control as the deputy, the sheriff, and a state trooper investigate. Richly atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, Samuel W. Gailey’s debut novel chillingly depicts a small town where not everything is as it seems, and something sinister lurks just below the surface.

A trained screenwriter, Gailey has written an atmospheric and cinematic page-turner that will appeal to readers of suspense and literary fiction. Its sinister and riveting style echoes Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan, Tana French’s In the Woods, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Samuel W. Gailey was raised in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, where the book is set, and he expertly renders a captivating portrait of a mentally limited but amiable man and the deeply flawed but complex and endearing characters that surround him.