Ragged Lake

Ragged Lake

by Ron Corbett
  • debut
  • from-ontario
  • mystery-crime
  • thriller

Gruesome murders, a northern secret, and a buried past.

While working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery: in a squatter’s cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered. An army vet coming off a successful turn leading a task force that took down infamous biker criminals, Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake, a nearly abandoned village, to solve the family’s murder. But no one is willing to talk. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area with his two junior officers. Before long, he is fighting not only to solve the crime but also to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods. A richly atmospheric mystery with sweeping backdrops, explosive action, and memorable villains, Ragged Lake will keep you guessing — about the violent crime, the nature of family, and secret deeds done long ago on abandoned frontiers.


Ron Corbett, author

Ron Corbett is an author, journalist, and broadcaster living in Ottawa. The author of seven non-fiction books, this is his first novel. He is married to award-winning photojournalist Julie Oliver.


  • Familiar ingredients rarely combined—a starkly etched natural setting, a gung-ho cop, a series of soulful flashbacks, a violent climax—are expertly blended and brought to a full rolling boil. - Kirkus Link to review


  • Nominated 2018 Edgar Awards, Best Paperback Original

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Additional Information

number of pages: 320

publication date: 10/03/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book