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A Killing Winter Hardcover – Apr 10 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324184
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #647,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“So much is good here: an understanding of the pleasures as well as the horrors of addictions; descriptions of the Canadian cold that send one seeking a radiator; masterful action scenes. Give it a chance, delight in its successes, and wait for Arthurson's next one.” ―Booklist

“[Leo's] phoenixlike ability to rise again makes for compelling reading, plus a cliff-hanger ending demands resolution.” ―Library Journal

A Killing Winter is a must-read. Watch closely: This is a series with magnetic drawing power.” ―Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator

“It's about time someone set a kick-ass crime novel in Edmonton.” ―Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the late John Cardinal mysteries, on Fall from Grace

“A genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected.” ―Booklist on Fall from Grace

“Wise and compassionate, vivid and witty, Leo is the kind of character you feel you've known a long time, and Wayne Arthurson is a writer to watch. What a great read. I couldn't put it down.” ―Sparkle Hayter, bestselling author of the Robin Hudson mysteries, on Fall from Grace

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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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HASH(0x9b09cc18) out of 5 stars The reporter who came in from the cold May 3 2012
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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.