A Long December

A Long December

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
In peaceful Nation County, Iowa, the eighty-plus-year-old Heinman brothers witness an execution-style murder near their farm, and local deputy sheriff Carl Houseman embarks on a baffling investigation into the crime.

Holtzbrinck
The people of Nation County, Iowa-a heartland town straight out of a Coen Brothers movie or a John Cougar Mellencamp song-practice a unique brand of American stoicism. You betcha. And they rely upon their public servants to shield them from the horrors of the outside world. Carl Houseman, deputy sheriff of the 750-square-mile county, dedicates his life to keeping his citizenry so secure that you can leave the door unlocked at home and walk his streets with a big hello and a smile to every stranger. On Houseman's watch, the mounting terrors of the new world order stay far away.

But December 2001 could change all of that. Outsiders are everywhere. The meat plant is now kosher and there are more Jewish fellows per capita than any other place in the country. Hispanic and other foreign workers, with dubious immigration papers, have taken jobs from the locals. Eighteen other languages are now spoken within the tiny region, and Carl and company can't speak a single one.

Then the eighty-odd-year-old Heinman brothers' call comes in from their farm down in Frog Hollow. They've witnessed an execution-style killing not one hundred yards from their pig feeders. The victim's awful dead and half his head's been blown off. The boys haven't seen nothing like it since Normandy. When Carl gets to the scene, he believes them.

What follows is a masterful police procedural thriller-think Joe Wambaugh crossed with Fargo-written with a singular and authentic voice that has electrified readers around the world.


Blackwell North Amer
The people of Nation County, Iowa - a heartland town straight out of a Coen Brothers movie or a John Cougar Mellencamp song - practice a unique brand of American stoicism. You betcha. And they rely upon their public servants to shield them from the horrors of the outside world. Carl Houseman, deputy sheriff of the 750-square-mile county, dedicates his life to keeping his citizenry so secure that you can leave the door unlocked and walk his streets with a big smile and a hello to every stranger. On Houseman's watch, the mounting terrors of the new world order stay far away.
But December 2001 could change all of that. Outsiders are everywhere. The local meat plant is now kosher and there are more Jewish fellows per capita than any other place in the country. Hispanic and other foreign workers, with dubious immigration papers, have taken jobs from the locals. Eighteen other languages are now spoken within the tiny region, and Carl and company can't speak a single one.
When the eighty-odd-year-old Heinman brothers witness an execution style killing not one hundred yards from their pig feeders, Carl hits the ground running - all 280 pounds and six-foot-four Norwegian inches of him.

Baker
& Taylor

Peaceful Nation County, Iowa, confronts the modern world--the arrival of a kosher meat-packing plant and loss of local jobs to foreign workers--a situation made worse when the eighty-plus-year-old Heinman brothers witness an execution-style murder near their farm, as local deputy sheriff Carl Houseman embarks on a baffling investigation into the crime. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Rugged land, 2003
ISBN: 9781590710135
1590710134
Branch Call Number: M HARSTAD
M HARSTAD
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm

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