Oct 30, 2018

National Novel Writing Month Idea # 8 THIN ICE

National Novel Writing Month Idea # 8
NaNoWriMo 2018


Deputy Sheriff Ole Nettleson finds himself on thin ice. He has been assigned to a special investigative team on a case related to the disappearance and possible murder of Arnie Brown, the Chief of the Major Crimes Unit and Bob Hastings, the City Attorney, for the town of Bemidji Minnesota. The two were last seen buying supplies for a weekend of ice fishing. Most years they’d go in the middle of winter and fish on Lake Winnibigoshish, famous for its Jumbo Perch. This year, they had to wait until late in the season because Hastings was getting ready for the biggest drug, corruption, and murder trial in the town’s history. When Hastings and Brown failed to show for the start of the trial, officers from a dozen towns are sent to search the nearby lakes. 

Round Lake is a bit off the beaten path, but Ole Nettleson discovers Brown’s patrol car parked at Leino’s Riverside Report where Brown had booked a room. In the room were two suitcases, an empty bottle of brandy, and one unslept in bed.  Half a mile along a trail from the Resort, Nettleson finds fishing gear and a very large fishing hole cut close to a sign warning of thin ice. The hole is splattered with blood. a subsequent lab analysis shows it is Bob Hastings’ blood

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