John Smolens

On Wednesday, July 31st at 6pm we will be welcoming John Smolens to the store to discuss his latest novel, Out. This is a free wine and cheese event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or reserve online through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Out, the sequel to John Smolens’s internationally acclaimed novel Cold, finds the former constable Del Maki recovering from surgery and haunted by the recent loss of his wife. His house, set deep in the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, becomes a haven for refugees during a fierce blizzard. First his pregnant physical therapist’s car won’t start. Then her two lovers come for her—and after each other. After her current boyfriend saves an enigmatic Finnish woman from freezing to death in the storm, they are followed by her former boyfriend, a petty thief who is armed and seeks revenge. As the weather worsens, leading to a power outage, damage from a fallen tree, and a fire, tensions rise. Forced to abandon the house, their flight through the snowbound forest leads to a bad deal with a deadly result. John Smolens’s novel Cold was lauded for its “stunning brutality and uncommon tenderness.” In the sequel, Out, nature and human nature again collide, illuminating the difference between being rescued and being saved.

John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, most recently Wolf’s Mouth, which has been selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association

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Out Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781611863123
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Michigan State University Press - February 2019

Out, the sequel to John Smolens’s internationally acclaimed novel Cold, finds the former constable Del Maki recovering from surgery and haunted by the recent loss of his wife. His house, set deep in the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, becomes a haven for refugees during a fierce blizzard. First his pregnant physical therapist’s car won’t start.


Cold Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781611862416
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Published: Michigan State University Press - March 2017

Internationally acclaimed, Cold takes us deep into a harsh, frozen world, where love, greed, and the promise of a second chance compel six people toward a chilling and inevitable reckoning.
 
In the frozen reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, fierce winter storms hit without warning.


Fire Point Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781611862423
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Published: Michigan State University Press - June 2017

At nineteen, Hannah LeClaire already has a reputation in the village of Whitefish Harbor, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is given to solitary walks along the shore of Lake Superior, and on a cold April day she meets Martin Reed, who has just moved north from Chicago to renovate a dilapidated house he has inherited.


The Invisible World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781611862430
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Published: Michigan State University Press - June 2017

The Invisible World portrays how a remarkable family is indelibly marred by one of the darkest conspiracy theories in American history: the gunman on the grassy knoll. Boston journalist Sam Adams suspects that his father may have been the unidentified gunman in the JFK assassination.


Quarantine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605985152
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Pegasus Books - November 14th, 2013

The year is 1796, and a trading ship arrives in the vibrant trading town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. But it's a ghost ship--her entire crew has been decimated by a virulent fever that sweeps through the harbor town, and Newburyport's residents start to fall ill and die with alarming haste.


The Schoolmaster's Daughter Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781605983738
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 2nd, 2013

From the author of The Anarchist and Cold-a gripping historical novel set during the American Revolution. With the outbreak of the American revolution, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart-while her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston.


The Anarchist Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307351890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - December 8th, 2009

On a stifling, hot afternoon in September 1901, a young anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, who has been stalking President William McKinley, waits in line to meet the president, his right hand wrapped in a handkerchief and held across his chest as though it were in a sling. But the handkerchief conceals a .32-caliber revolver. When the president greets him, Czolgosz fires two shots.


 

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