It's the late summer of 1966 in a small town in upstate New York when the body of eight year old Michael Vogel is found at the bottom of the deep end of the municipal swimming pool four hours after closing.

At first, the townspeople accept the initial reports of an accidental drowning, despite the fact that the boy's body wasn't discovered when the life guards searched the pool earlier in the day after his sister reported him missing.  However, when an autopsy reveals an unexpected result, it sets in motion a search for a killer in a town unaccustomed to murder.

The story is told from the perspective of three members of the community: one is a twelve year old boy with a future he wants to avoid; the second is a sheriff with a past he wants to forget; and the third is a forty year old bachelor with secrets he wants desperately to keep.

Their stories all come together in a startling and thrilling conclusion that helps provide a measure of redemption for each of them.


"(P)age turning... unique, thematically rich premise sets it apart from most other genre exercises...  An ambitious, cleverly plotted thriller."
     - Kirkus Reviews

"'Michael Vogel' is a dramatic new take on the small town murder mystery, and the adage that a secret is a story you tell about others, while a lie is a story you tell about yourself."
     - Chuck Hogan, NY Times best-selling author of The Town and co-author of The Strain trilogy.

"In this beautifully crafted weave of three voices, Yanno tells the story of a young boy's death in a small upstate New York town in the 1960's.  Almost cinematic in the telling, he injects darkness into the sunniest summer afternoons and discloses lies with innocent simplicity.  Think Tom Sawyer in Twin Peaks.  A story that will live in your imagination long after you've reached 'The End'."
     - Kate Flora, Edgar-nominated author of Finding Amy.

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