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Straight River (Matt Lanier, #1) by Chris Norbury

Straight River (Matt Lanier, #1)

by Chris Norbury

300 pages
Professional musician Matt Lanier returns to his hometown in Minnesota farm country after his father's death. When Matt tries to help a neighbor save her farm, he uncovers a large-scale conspiracy that threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of farmers. But the harder he fights to stop the conspirators, the more he puts his own life in jeopardy.

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About the Book
2019 Kindle Book Review (KBR) Awards Semifinalist, Mystery/Thriller

Author Chris Norbury donates a portion of all book sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota (BBBS).

STRAIGHT RIVER, the prequel to the award-winning thriller CASTLE DANGER, is a mystery-thriller set during the emotional and financial aftermath of the Great Recession.

After his estranged father dies in a farming accident, professional musician Matt Lanier returns to his hometown of Straight River, Minnesota. While he’s settling his father’s estate, an old family friend and neighbor asks Matt for help. Her husband's recent death was ruled a suicide. She insists it wasn’t. If she can’t disprove that ruling, she’ll lose her farm.

The local authorities are uncooperative, so Matt turns to his ex-wife and a young computer prodigy for assistance. As he gets closer to the truth, Matt suspects both deaths are connected to a violent conspiracy with national implications. When the conspirators intensify their efforts to silence him, Matt must decide if it’s worth risking more lives—including his—to protect his friend and hundreds of other farmers from financial catastrophe.


Norbury pens an extremely suspenseful, hard-to-put-down thriller in this prequel to “Castle Danger.” The author hooks the reader with intrigue from the early pages and never lets go.
- Valerie Biel, author of the "Circle of Nine" series
This well-told story has a compelling and brilliant plot line. Engaging and twisty (there were several places where "I didn't see that coming!") — this book is a page-turner that kept me up well into the night.
- Laurie Buchanan, author of "Note to Self" and "The Business of Being."


Related Titles
  • CASTLE DANGER (Matt Lanier, #2) by Chris Norbury
    Suspense novel set in rugged, beautiful northern Minnesota's brutal winter.
  • Dangerous Straits (Matt Lanier, #3) by Chris Norbury
    Dangerous Straits puts Matt on the mean streets of Minneapolis at the lowest point of his life. Can he find the courage and desire to mount one last challenge against his nemesis, the ruthless Leland Smythe?


About the Author
Chris Norbury Chris Norbury is the award-winning author of the suspense-thriller Castle Danger. His latest novel, Straight River, is the prequel to Castle Danger and the first book in a planned trilogy. A former music teacher, financial planner, and wine consultant, he lives in southern Minnesota with his wife and golf clubs.



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