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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553580957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580952
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,112,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Harstad’s books are terrific and really capture the atmosphere of small-town America, where the twentieth century almost seems to have slipped by unnoticed.’ Independent on Sunday

‘Harstad’s first-hand experience ensures his storytelling always rings true.’ Arena

‘The Big Thaw, set in the dead of winter in a Fargo-like mid-west, is American procedural writing at its best.’ Guardian

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'My name is Carl Houseman. I'm a deputy sheriff in Nation County, Iowa. I'm also the department's senior investigator, and senior officer, to boot. I'd like to tell you about the killings we had in our county in the summer of '96, and the subsequent investigation that stood the whole state on its ear. This is my version of what happened. It's the right one.'

Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman, laconic hero of the bestselling Eleven Days, returns to narrate another fast-paced, quirky, police procedural thriller in his own inimitable voice.
A routine surveillance of a marijuana patch in a state park suddenly erupts into a shoot-out, leaving a police officer and an old doper dead. As the search gets under way for the killers, an emergency call comes in from a nearby farm where shots have been fired and help is needed fast. As two armed suspects escape across the cornfields, a huge weapons cache is discovered and a hostage situation develops, Houseman finds himself up against a splinter group of right-wing extremists…and a rising number of the known dead.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 9 May 2003
Format: Paperback
An ambush in the deep woods of Nation County, Iowa that leaves a Federal agent dead marks the return of Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman in Donald Harstad’s second entry in this excellent series. Maitland goes national when the ambush in a Sensemilla marijuana field by an unknown group using hi-tech weapons and military tactics points to something much broader in scope.
Harstad brings back DCI Agent Hester Gorse as well as Carl’s boss Lamar and the sweet and resourceful dispatcher, Sally, giving us that familiar feel all good series have. Deputy Sheriff Houseman’s dislike for the impersonal term ‘known dead’ gets a good workout before this one is over.
When Lamar goes down injured in a tense hostage situation and a federal task force led by a not so forthcoming agent named Volont becomes involved, Houseman and the gang must use old-fashioned police work to discover what the feds and other agencies are keeping them in the dark about.
Harstad’s blend of police procedural and rural atmosphere goes down like an ice cold pop on a hot day. Deputy Houseman’s humor during tense situations and his thoughts on two cop funerals he will have to attend before this one is over add poignancy and depth to a briskly paced story.
You can put this series on your shelf with Hillerman and Mosley. Harstad’s Carl Houseman is the real deal and you don’t want to miss the second entry in this excellent series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
The desolate but peaceful stretch of land of Nation County, Iowa remains home to Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman. However, as serene and empty as the stark landscape seems, Carl knows that trouble can bubble up at any time.
Two of his assistants happen to be watching over a marijuana patch to determine who is cultivating the crop. However, the seemingly easy stake-out turns ugly. One of the deputies radios for help, claiming his partner is hurt and automatic weapon firing is coming from every direction. By the time Carl arrives on the scene, a deputy and the petty crook growing the weed are dead. Law enforcement officials at all levels begin to investigate, struggling to uncover a motive. None of them is yet privy to the monster that now stalks our nation's heartland.
KNOWN DEAD is a brilliantly structured police procedural that provides an insider's look into a case from birth to grave. Readers observe the investigators' bursts of excitement when progress occurs and feel the aggravaton and tedium of the boring grunt work. Although this is necessary to find the smallest clue, it often times leads to nothing more than a frustrating dead end. It is these insights into the emotions of the characters that demonstrate Donald Harstad's ability to scribe his experiences in an exciting plot that is filled with unexpected twists and turns. With novels like this one, Mr. Harstad will quickly attain recognition by sub-genre fans as one of its best authors.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
Carl Houseman is back for another investigation this time focussing on extremists in and outside the Government. Harstad delivers the plot in spades and keeps the reader guessing as to the outcome..............most importantly an excellent finale to an excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
How often does it happen that a major-league rookie hits two out of the park his first two at- bats? Not very darn often! But Harstad has managed to do just that with his second hang-on- for-your-life ride through the hills of Nation County. And he really knows how to drive!
As a resident of Maitland in Nation County, Iowa (really!), on the banks of the mighty Sparrow River, it was more than just fun to see where he was taking us. It was a trip into the mind of one entertaining and lay-it-on-the-line-when-you-have-to cop.
"Eleven Days" woke us up to Don Harstad's prowess as a wordsmith. I'll be surprised if you don't enjoy "Known Dead" with your morning donuts and coffee! In fact, when my wife and I finished reading it (together) I leaned back and thought about how nice a cigarette would taste just then.
Just one fine-toothed-comb comment for the folks at Doubleday. Make sure you know when the sun rises and sets in the summer in Iowa. Us rural folks KNOW these things!
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