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A Killing Winter [Hardcover]

Wayne Arthurson
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April 10 2012 The Leo Desroches Mysteries (Book 2)

The sequel to Fall from Grace, “a genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected” —Booklist

Leo Desroches, a half-Cree, half–French-Canadian reporter in Edmonton, returns in A Killing Winter, the sequel to Wayne Arthurson’s lauded debut murder mystery Fall from Grace. Undercover as a homeless man, Leo’s got his hands full both on the job and in his personal life. As he tries to reconnect with his estranged son and fight his urge to gamble, he is consumed by a story that turns into a personal crusade: a search for a missing Native street kid he’s befriended. When the boy is found brutally murdered, Leo explores the depths of Native street culture in a local gang. As Leo delves deeper into the gang, secrets emerge that threaten not only their members, but Leo’s life…and his sanity.


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Praise for Fall from Grace:

“[A] clever debut. A good story with an engaging central character, the beginning of a promising series.”  —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Wise and compassionate, vivid and witty, Leo is the kind of character you feel you’ve known a long time. What a great read. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Sparkle Hayter, bestselling author of the Robin Hudson mysteries

“It’s about time someone set a kick-ass crime novel in Edmonton, and Wayne Arthurson is the man to do it.”—Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the late John Cardinal mysteries

“A very satisfying debut. Think Nancy Pickard for region and atmosphere, Brad Parks for journalism, and Timothy Hallinan for social concerns and attitude. Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal, starred review and Mystery Debut of the Month

“Works splendidly as both a mystery and a character study. It looks like Arthurson has future Desroches novels planned. They've just been added to my ‘must-read’ list.”
—Quill & Quire

About the Author

WAYNE ARTHURSON, bestselling author of the first Leo Desroches mystery Fall from Grace, is, like his protagonist, the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band, and as a freelance journalist. He lives in Edmonton, Canada.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Killing Winter? - Cool! Feb. 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't read 'Fall from Grace' yet, but if it's even better than 'A Killing Winter' I'm going to order it right away. Yes, I did like the 'not so perfect' narrator as much as the description of the bitter cold, and very much, I liked the ending! Very realistic - and entertaining
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 11 2012
By Barbra
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After reading Fall from Grace, this was a big letdown. I felt that it was written in a hurry to get a new book out.
A lot of descriptions and facts about Edmonton seemed to be thrown in as filler information and added nothing to the story.
The story dragged and didn't seem to make a lot of sense or did not seem to be going anywhere.
I hated the way the ending hangs in mid air, with no meat to it.
The editor missed a typo and all in all, a huge disappointment. I will not be buying any more of this author's books as
I really do not care what happens to his main character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reporter who came in from the cold May 3 2012
By Marlyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Journalist Leo Desroches is going undercover as a homeless person during an especially cold Edmonton winter. During this time, he tries to look up someone he knew when he actually was homeless, a young First Nations man by the name of Marvin.

He's unable to find him, and upon learning that the normally reliable guy hasn't shown up to work in a week, he files a missing person report with the police, only to be asked to identify a John Doe in the police morgue who fits Marvin's description. The body is indeed Marvin's, and Leo learns that a tattoo on the back of the boy's hand is a gang marking, and that it's likely Marvin's death was a gang punishment.

Leo is aware of the existence of native gangs, but knows few details. Surprised that Marvin, who was employed and took care of other native teens adrift in the city, was a member of the largest native gang in the country, Leo begins to investigate on his own. He uses his own half-Cree status to wangle a meeting with some members of the Redd Alert, and that is when things begin to go awry.

Unfortunately, Leo hasn't informed anyone at the paper about what he's doing, so he has no backup.
"Going rogue" has consequences, and Leo may lose everything he worked so hard to regain due to his gambling addiction.

It's helpful to read Fall From Grace, the first book in the series, before tackling this one, though not absolutely necessary. Still, if you read A Killing Winter first, you'll find yourself searching for its prequel.
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