Blown by the Same Wind

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Soho Crime
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5.6 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
John Straley, a criminal investigator for the state of Alaska, lives in Sitka, where he and his wife, a marine biologist, raised their only son. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Curious Eat Themselves, The Woman Who Married a Bear, and The Big Both Ways, and was appointed the Writer Laureate of Alaska in 2006.
Praise for Blown by the Same Wind

"[A]n impressive adventure thriller suffused with metaphysical concerns."
--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"The grounding presence of Merton and a traumatized Vietnam vet he befriends lend the book a gentle spirituality. Even in a world torn by war and racism, they exemplify the notion that goodness and grace are possible."
--Air Mail

"John Straley, one of Alaska's best-known and best-loved writers, continues to deliver . . . Straley has brought together an intriguing mix of historical events to play within his wild imagination."
--Anchorage Daily News

"Well worth reading."
--Dayton Daily News

"Cold Storage feels like a living, breathing place from the start, the author describing all the little details of life in an easy-going, fluid style . . . There is extreme beauty in Straley's writing, countered with extreme brutality at points in the story . . . This is a great novel if you seek a world to escape into and ponder for hours afterwards."
--Crime Fiction Lover

"The action unfolds amid deep discussions among the characters of religion, philosophy, war and peace, the law, and politics--all leading to a surprising climax and unexpected conclusion. An engaging, if quirky, read."
--New York Journal of Books

"If you've embraced Donald Westlake, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, or the Junior Bender books from Timothy Hallinan, I hope you're already ordering a copy of Blown by the Same Wind. You're going to have a lot of fun."
--Kingdom Books

"A stunner. Straley weaves his wonderful, idiosyncratic characters into a twisty plot and a beautifully rendered setting."
--Historical Novels Review

"Terrific . . . Like the earlier novels in the series, this one is funny and quirky, a lighter change of pace from the Younger books and a delight for fans of small-town comic mysteries with a bit of bite."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Excellent . . . Readers looking for action will be amply rewarded, but the book's main appeal lies in the vividly drawn characters and the author's enchanting descriptions of the Alaskan outdoors. This thoughtful look at the politics and culture of a bygone era should win Straley new fans."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"[Blown by the Same Wind] reads like a cross between historical fiction and mystery, with a dose of off-the-wall weirdness thrown in for good measure."
--Library Journal

"Reliably off-kilter . . . Perfect."
--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for the Cold Storage Novels

"[Straley] writes crime novels populated by perpetrators whose hearts are filled with more poetry than evil."
--The Wall Street Journal

"It's always a pleasure to read Straley's vivid studies of these folks--the slightly cracked, rugged and very funny characters of the Far North."
--The Seattle Times

"What a warm, engaging, profoundly human book this is: its skin crackling, its heart enormous and open. It's a mystery with judicious blasts of violence and dread, but it opens also onto the bigger mysteries--of community, of family, of place. The several lives that intertwine throughout the story reach moments of quiet grace that resonate stealthily but deeply."
--John Darnielle, author of Devil House

"Straley's prose is achingly perceptive, cinematically vivid and just pure pleasure to read."
--Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char

"Straley has brought together what are clearly social and political issues he cares deeply about--even as he lampoons them . . . John Straley takes us on a wild ride, but with the reins held firmly in his able hands."
--Anchorage Daily News