A Long December Author:Donald Harstad A Long December: — American crime fiction’s best-kept secret–as if Michael Connelly had — spent twenty-six years as a small-town cop in Iowa–has written his — breakout book. — Brief Description: — The people of Nation County, Iowa–a heartland town straight out of a — Coen Brothers movie or a John Cougar Mel... more »lencamp 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.« less