Hello, Transcriber

By Hannah Morrissey,

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Every night, while the street lamps shed the only light on Wisconsin's most crime-ridden city, police transcriber Hazel Greenlee listens as detectives divulge Black Harbor's gruesome secrets. As an aspiring writer, Hazel believes that writing a novel could be her only ticket out of this frozen hellscape. And then her…

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In Black Harbor, Wisconsin’s most crime-ridden city, Morrissey has created a town that is a villain all on its own. A place no one wants to live. Hazel Greenlee has no choice.

An aspiring writer, Hazel is trapped in a less-than-perfect marriage and takes the only job she can find—as a police transcriber. But when her neighbor confesses to hiding the body of an overdose victim in a dumpster, Hazel sees the potential for a story that might help her break out of the frozen hell of Black Harbor.

Morrissey builds Hazel’s desperation, and the desperation of the town itself,…

I was immediately drawn into the frozen, gritty, Gotham-esque Midwestern city of Black Harbor, which aspiring author and police transcriber Hazel Greenlee now calls home. This moody mystery is a richly drawn account of Hazel’s life as she gets pulled into investigator Nikolai Kole’s orbit and his search for elusive drug dealer Candy Man. The streets of Black Harbor aren’t safe, nor is the rusted bridge where Hazel goes to contemplate her life, and they make the ideal backdrop for a story about secrets, trust, and taking risks.

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