Where the Dead Sleep: A Novel (Ben Packard) (Paperback)

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Where the Dead Sleep: A Novel (Ben Packard) (Paperback)

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"One of the best new voices in the mystery genre." —William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

Bill Sanderson—former high school quarterback, husband to Carrie, one-time husband to Sheri, used car salesman, lover of easy money—had a plan. Now, it's Labor Day weekend and Bill's dead in his bed. An early morning call brings Deputy Ben Packard to the scene of a home invasion.

Everyone Packard talks to has a story about Bill, but no one has a clear motive for wanting him dead. The business partner. The ex-wife. The current wife. The high-stakes poker buddies. Any of them—or none of them—could be guilty.

As the investigation begins, tragedy strikes the Sheriff's department, forcing Packard to make a difficult choice about his future: step down as acting Sheriff and pursue the quiet life he came to Sandy Lake in search of, or subject himself to the scrutiny of an election for the full-time role of Sheriff, a job he's not sure he wants.

There's a hidden history to Sandy Lake that Packard, ever the outsider, can't see. Bad blood and old secrets run deep. But an attempt on Packard's life means he's getting uncomfortably close to the dangerous legacy of the quiet Minnesota town. And someone will do anything to keep it hidden.

"Observant and authentic (and funny, too)...the literary descendant of Fargo and Mare of Easttown." —Adam White, bestselling author of The Midcoast

JOSHUA MOEHLING grew up as an Army brat and moved all over the US and Germany. After attending college in South Dakota and Mankato, MN he moved to Minneapolis and began a career in the medical device industry. AND THERE HE KEPT HER is his first novel.


Product Details ISBN: 9781728290188
ISBN-10: 172829018X
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Ben Packard
"A well-paced whodunit that double as an evocation of Minnesota small-town life in all of its messy, dysfunctional glory...the real suspense emerges as Packard figures himself out, defying expectations in quiet, sometimes devastating ways." — New York Times

"Where the Dead Sleep sticks the landing...And if you think you’ve got the mystery solved in the first few chapters, you’re dead wrong. Moehling has some tricks up his sleeve." — Associated Press

"Joshua Moehling has taken a promising debut, and solidified its promise with a follow-up that is not only a great book, but a very promising sign of the series to come. It’s such a balancing act with procedurals...Where the Dead Sleep, though, absolutely nails [it]...I will be recommending these books to every procedural fan I know." — Mystery and Suspense Magazine

"This title has all the elements of a good mystery: a puzzling crime, dark secrets, fast-paced writing, and deadpan humor...Riveting and a real page-turner; fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett novels or Craig Johnson’s 'Longmire' series will feel at home." — Library Journal

"Brilliant mystery writing." — Midwest Book Review

"Moehling nails the spirit of small-town life in Minnesota’s unique North Country. His understanding of the darkness that can haunt the human spirit twists his story in wonderfully unpredictable ways. Fans of Walt Longmire or Joe Pickett or my own Cork O’Connor have reason to celebrate and look forward to a long life for Moehling’s series and its fresh, vibrant protagonist Ben Packard." — William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

"Evocative and charming with a deadpan wit, Joshua Moehling's Where the Dead Sleep is a richly satisfying mystery with fully-drawn characters?especially the winning and deeply human protagonist, Sheriff Ben Packard. Joshua Moehling's skill as a writer and storyteller is evident on every page. I can't wait to read the next installment in this excellent series!" — Nick Petrie, bestselling author of The Runaway