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Dead Man Dancing

A Bad Axe County Novel

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In this sequel to the “gritty, brash, and totally gripping” (The Real Book Spy) thriller Bad Axe County, Sheriff Heidi Kick is investigating an illicit cage fighting ring with ties to white nationalism when her husband suddenly goes missing.

It’s a time for celebration in Bad Axe County as the town gathers for the annual Syttende Mai—Norwegian Independence Day—festival. During this rollicking family-oriented event filled with dancing and food, Sheriff Heidi Kick discovers a dark and shocking event—a migrant worker has been savagely beaten but refuses to explain what happened. Then, a sudden murder of a band member shatters the festival. Something is deeply wrong in Bad Axe County.

As she looks for answers, Heidi plunges into a secret underworld where high-stakes cage fights double as combat training for the White Nationalist movement. Then all hell breaks loose for Heidi when her husband disappears and a secret he’s been keeping from Heidi is revealed.

“Given current tensions and deep divisions in the United States, Dead Man Dancing takes on an electrifying relevance” (BookPage) with its vividly drawn characters and unforgettable twists and turns.

Ya-Ling Tsai

John Galligan is the author of the Fly Fishing Mystery series, The Nail KnotThe Blood KnotThe Clinch Knot and The Wind Knot; the Bad Axe County series, Bad Moon Rising, Bad Axe County, and Dead Man Dancing; and the novel Red Sky, Red Dragonfly. He lives and teaches college writing in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 11, 2020)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982110758

“[An] outstanding sequel…gripping.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Given current tensions and deep divisions in the United States, Dead Man Dancing takes on an electrifying relevance made all the more effective thanks to Galligan’s vivid descriptions and emotional portrayal of his characters." —BookPage

"Relevant, and as fresh as country air...The thrills inside Dead Man Dancing will get your heart hopping." —Daily Union (Wisconsin)

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