Bad Day Breaking

by John Galligan

Available Now! Book 4

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[S]tellar… The appealing Kick, whose personality and skills never strain credulity, is complemented by a thoughtfully developed supporting cast. Galligan elevates his already impressive game with this one.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)


A strange religious sect has arrived in Bad Axe County, Wisconsin. Armed with guns, an enigmatic spiritual leader and his followers set up their compound in an abandoned storage lot. It’s not long before rumors start to spread of sadistic rituals and a planned takeover of the local government. But when one of the followers is found dead in the river, that’s when full-on panic sets in.

Sheriff Heidi Kick may not be a fan of the new group, but she is also dismayed by the hostile reaction of the Bad Axe community. With a murder investigation on her hands, the situation becomes more complicated when Sheriff Kick finds out an ex-boyfriend from her youth is out on parole early and looking to hunt her down. With a tumultuous snowstorm on the horizon, the cult members are on the verge of freezing, Bad Axe is on the edge of violence, and Sheriff Kick is just one false step away from losing her family, her town, and her very life.

By a writer at the height of his powers, Bad Day Breaking is a thrilling mystery that explores the price paid for following false leaders and the power we each have to triumph over trauma.

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2022-2023 Events – Bad Day Breaking

SEPTEMBER 3, 2022 4:00PM - 6:00PM

“Bad Day Breaking” book signing with John Galligan

Meet author John Galligan to celebrate the publication of Bad Day Breaking, the fourth installment in his Bad Axe County mystery series.

Arcadia Books
102 East Jefferson St.
Spring Green, WI 53588

SEPTEMBER 4, 2022 5:00PM

“Bad Day Breaking” book reading with John Galligan

One of our favorite Authors is coming to read from his latest book. If you have read the Bad Axe County series, you don’t want to miss this. All John’s books will be available for sale including Bad Day Breaking.

Driftless Books and Music
518 Walnut Street
Viroqua, WI 54665

SEPTEMBER 23, 2023 10:00AM - NOON

Waunakee Public Library’s Author Showcase

Find your next great read at the Waunakee Public Library’s Author Showcase Saturday, 9/23, from 10am-noon.

I’ll be there, joining more than twenty other authors in signing books and speaking with visitors about our work. It’s a great chance to see the diverse local talent in the area, and most of the authors will be offering books for sale. I’m offering my latest work, Bad Day Breaking, along with the rest of my Bad Axe County series and my fly-fishing mysteries, the Knot series.  Plus, free coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided!

September 23, 2023 – 10:00am – Noon

Waunakee Public Library
201 N Madison Street
Waunakee, WI 53597