It's mid-July in Loon Lake, and Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris has her hands full with the discovery of the skeletal remains of a missing bank executive and the murder of graduate student. To complicate matters, both victims were discovered on a hidden river deep in the national forest--a place that just so happens to be a dangerous wolf rendezvous site.
Lew recruits her close friend and fellow flyfisherman, retired dentist "Doc" Osborne for his forensic and interrogation skills. But Doc has his own set of problems to worry about: his grandson is hospitalized with a grave illness, and now Lew seems to be getting too interested in the father of the murdered student--a well-to-do widower who is teaching her the Japanese art of tenkara flyfishing.
In her teens and twenties, mystery author Victoria Houston was the classic hometown girl who couldn't wait to leave her small Wisconsin town. She has not only returned to her hometown of Rhinelander, but she has based her popular Loon Lake mystery series in the region’s fishing culture. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.
"Houston knows both her territory and her characters well, and she uses both to good effect in advancing her nicely executed plot." --Publishers Weekly
"Lew's 14th case, as easily solved as all the others (Dead Insider, 2013, etc.), is notable mainly for its fishing and wolf lore and its loving descriptions of a beautiful area of Wisconsin." --Kirkus Reviews
"Populated with well-drawn characters and framed with a portrait of life in small-town Wisconsin [and] lovingly described wilderness...this mystery will appeal to fans of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon novels." --Booklist
"A nicely balanced novel and an all-around pleasurable read.... The Loon Lake Mysteries can be read alone and out of order. If you're up for a gentle whodunit with no profanity or gore, Dead Lil' Hustler is a book to catch." --The Bookworm Sez