Heaven's Fury

Heaven's Fury

A Novel

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
New York Times bestselling author Stephen Frey thrills readers with the mesmerizing tale of a small-town sheriff who must confront the worst violence that man and nature possess.

Bruner, Wisconsin, is really two different towns. On one side are the magnificent summer estates of wealthy families who value their privacy and privilege above all else. A few miles away, but a world apart, are the homes of the working men and women who cook, clean, and tend to the needs of the summer visitors. It's a place of staggering natural beauty, but where death can come unexpectedly and with no regard for a person's bank account or family tree. A place of steadfast loyalties and friendships, but where the long and brutal winter can make even the most intimate friends turn on each other with frightening intensity.

This is the place where Sheriff Paul Summers finds himself grasping for answers when the wild, unpredictable woman who captured his heart years ago is discovered brutally and spectacularly murdered inside her family's snowbound estate. As the last person to see her alive, and given his complicated history with the victim, Paul is not only lead investigator on the case but, in the eyes of many in Bruner, the prime suspect in her killing. Battling rumors of an evil cult's being formed just outside of town, the disappearance of another citizen, and a wife whose grasp of reality is quickly slipping away, Paul must race to find the true guilty party before a massive winter storm leaves them all cut off from the outside world and at the mercy of a remorseless killer.

As the approaching storm gathers in intensity, so do the twists and turns that bring Paul ever closer to unraveling the big secrets that haunt this small town. In a stunning conclusion, Paul witnesses firsthand the startling power and beauty of heaven's fury.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781416549673
Characteristics: 308 p


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Mar 10, 2015

Frey writes a complex detective novel and seems to have a grasp of Northern Wisconsin rural culture--though at times it could just as well be rural Alabama or Texas. But he clearly knows little about police work and procedures. He has a guy who is a former police officer in a large city, Minneapolis, and then a Captain of the Wisconsin State Patrol in Madison, but he bumbles around like Barney! He keeps his gun in the glove box of his car and has to fumble for it and jack a round into the chamber when he wants to use it. And what's with a police officer in uniform having to pull his wallet out to show his badge?!!! It should be pinned to his shirt or jacket! Frey also obviously doesn't know the position of a county sheriff. He has the main character being afraid of being fired by the city council. He clearly doesn't understand that a sheriff is an elected official and can't be fired by anyone other than the voters not electing him next time. He is a COUNTY official, not a city cop! Sheriff Summers clearly needs some time on a psychiatrist's couch for all the internal issues he's dealing with. An earlier reviewer commented on the shadowy image of his wife, and I agree. Trying to get an image of her personality is like trying to photograph a Will-o-the-wisp. Lots of allusions made to Summers' past background with the Minneapolis PD and the Wisconsin Patrol, but the dots are never connected. An interesting book to listen to in my car's CD player when I'm bored by the traffic, but I'd never bother actually reading another Frey book.

Mar 13, 2013

I thought this was really bad. The plot and dialogue seemed to jump from cliché to cliché. If this had not been something written by a well-known author, if it had been someone's first book, I really doubt it would ever have made it into print

Sep 22, 2012

In this book women fight and beat their own and other men.
Everyone in this book is a cheater (spouse or ...). Scenes of shootings are like in the movies, very much all the same. But the author is trying of philosophizing,
which he is doing not bad. Considering the genre of the book - three stars could be given to it.

Aug 31, 2011

great book.Like this authr.I will be looking at his other books

bobwarman Mar 24, 2011

Terrible book. Poor plot development. Main character makes terrible choices. The ending stretches believability to the limit. There is more chance of winning a big lottery prize than "our hero's" life being saved by the event that occurs.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PPL

To Top