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New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season; the country had a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and took many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. Thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, Frank is suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years. Forty years later, he tells the...
2) Silent snow
In St. Paul, a boy vanishes in a copycat Lindbergh kidnaping, the abductor going as far as to mail the parents a $20 bill from the Lindbergh ransom. To find his son the boy's father, reporter Rick Beanblossom, turns for clues to old news coverage of the Lindbergh kidnaping.
When a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, a.k.a. Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers--not to mention a lake monster--are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.