Murder seems almost unseemly in Door County, a peninsula
covered in forests, lined by beaches and filled with summer cabins and tourist
resorts. That’s the hook for the murder-thriller Death Stalks Door County
, the first in a projected series involving
DNR ranger Dave Cubiak. A former Chicago homicide detective who traded an urban
for a rural beat (in a bid for peace of mind after the death of his wife and
daughter), Cubiak discovers a body on a country roadside. He’s the brother of
the man responsible for the deaths of his loved ones.
Author Patricia Skalka knows the county—at least the
physical terrain. She is a Chicago native who owns a cottage in Door County. As
for the psychological territory, she creates a believable portrait of a
reluctant detective, a sullen, troubled man who can’t seem to escape murder.
Skalka reads from her book at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.