Hard Water Blues

Passion, greed, revenge, twisted love—and murder. They’re all on display in this riveting collection in venues that range from frozen Crystal Lake in northwest Michigan to the streets of Chicago.

Pete Thorsen, the protagonist of  TARGET, takes center stage in many of the stories. His reunion with an old army buddy leads to a stunning confession, and a routine fishing outing on the Boardman River turns deadly. In other stories, a hapless soul disenchanted with his life finds more excitement than he bargained for on the final night of legendary Baker’s Bar.

The stories in HARD WATER BLUES will make you laugh, cry and double-check your windows and doors!

“The menace [in the character’s] remarks is so slyly interwoven, the reveal so clever that the reader will gasp with surprise.”

ForeWord Clarion Review

“Wangard has a talent for building a reservoir of suspense in a span of a few pages and then letting the dam break with a ‘gotcha’ ending.”

Northern Express Weekly

“[H]arrowing stories… that channel the haunting genre of crime fiction that is so popular in Scandinavia at the moment: authors like Jo Nesbo and the late Swedish Steig Larsson come to mind. HARD WATER BLUES is an exciting read, with each story introducing complicated and sometimes tragic new characters and ending in what is
often a much unexpected twist.”

Norwegian American Weekly