Review by Jack Magnus:
Steven Arnett’s noir murder mystery, Death on Lake Michigan, is an adroit pairing of investigative sleuthing and police procedural as O’Brien and his buddy on the local police force, Detective George Dirkman of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, work in tandem in their attempt to solve the mystery. Arnett provides plenty of red herrings to give the reader his/her own opportunities to consider the clues and guess at the culprit. The Gull Haven location is inspired and lovely, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if other readers will be as tempted to visit that little beach town as much as I was. Arnett’s Mike O’Brien is everything you’d want in a noir detective or, in this case, investigative sleuth. He’s got an eye for women and is relatively fearless in his quest for the truth. And while I did raise my eyebrows at his penchant for white wine, I’ll grant him that one idiosyncrasy. Death on Lake Michigan is highly recommended.