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Beach Strip Paperback – Jun 19 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144340814X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443408141
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'John Lawrence Reynolds returns to the world of crime fiction with this terrific novel about a woman who refuses to believe that her husband committed suicide. It's witty, tense and gripping, and features a beautifully realized lead character in the shape of mouthy, stubborn Josie Marshall. The beach strip itself is a delight to wander, a character in itself.' - Peter Robinson, author of Before the Poison and Bad Boy 'John Lawrence Reynolds has created a micro-universe populated with characters that are real, sometimes tortured and always compelling. This is a great story, told by a great writer.' - Ian Hamilton, author of The Water Rat of Wanchai 'John Lawrence Reynolds delivers the goods and a sassy heroine pitted against gangsters, perverts and low-life characters in this superb murder mystery that never takes its finger off the trigger.' - John Farrow, author of River City and City of Ice

About the Author

JOHN LAWRENCE REYNOLDS is the author of more than two dozen works of fiction and non-fiction. He has previously written six mystery novels and is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award (for The Man Who Murdered God and Gypsy Sins). His many non-fiction books include Free Rider, which won the National Business Book Award, as well as The Naked Investor and Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts. Shadow People, his bestselling book on secret societies, has been published in sixteen countries. A former president of the Crime Writers of Canada, he lives in Burlington, Ontario. Visit him at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Soucie on July 13 2012
Format: Paperback
BEACH STRIP: Murder in a forgotten place.

Far below the Burlington Skyway Bridge spanning the extreme western end of Lake Ontario sits a strip of lonely beachland with a respectable past, a seedy present, and a dodgy future. A fitting stage for the likes of John Lawrence Reynold's feisty heroine Josie Marshall, who struggles to find peace within herself after her beloved and respected husband Gabe, a police detective, is found stark naked and dead on their front lawn, a clear-cut suicide, according to the police.

She doesn't buy the police version; not initially. But she soon experiences a growing fear that her one small recent slip from respectability -- an affair -- just might have triggered Gabe's suicide after all.

As her comfortable life implodes into a black hole of misery, despair and guilt, bodies inexplicably begin to pile up, each new and violent death offering her clues that she eventually uses to heal herself and rebuild her world and her hope in the future.

If you are new to Reynolds, you will discover he is a master of atmosphere, character and plot. That makes for juicier, more satisfying murders! And if you are already a fan, no doubt you have already gobbled down Beach Strip, mentally awarded it the usual 5 stars, and are waiting impatiently for his next offering. May it come soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Carter on July 26 2012
Format: Paperback
After too long an absence, John Lawrence Reynolds, makes a welcome return to crime fiction with "Beach Strip" featuring a smart, determined protagonist, a murder plot with more turns than a coastal highway and enough shady characters for a crime noire festival. Josie Marshal refuses to believe her detective husband Gabe killed himself when his body is found naked on the beach strip behind their home with a bullet in his head. In spite of overwhelming evidence of suicide, Josie armed only with her belief in her husband and the sharpest wit this side of Dorothy Parker, sets out to prove that darker forces were responsible. The further she moves from light to dark, the more she discovers that the beach strip with its sunshine, cheery neighbours and daily bustle is much less than it seems. Having alienated the police force Gabe served and turning to a crime boss for help, Josie seems to have come to a dead end. Then, a eureka moment leads to pulling back the curtain on the truth behind Gabe's death. Reynolds brings Josie to life by channeling his character and skillfully telling the story in her voice. If you are a fan of well written, fast paced crime fiction that drags you into the action, then "Beach Strip" is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ppsphil on May 13 2015
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OK I grew to like this book more and more the farther I, at first, forced myself to keep reading and then when it got to where I couldn't force myself to put it down for any reason! We should have some kind of a rolling rating system that could start with 0 -'Boring' and roll through to 5 'Superb' which is what I would have given it except for the slow start! This is a very good read! The starting chapters are so philosophical and slow that it's hard to keep reading but one soon finds that all of that was necessary to understand the whole story! And for once an author has got the ending right - something that doesn't happen often in crime fiction!
I still haven't figured what genre this belongs in - Suspense, possibly, Thriller, definitely not, police Procedural??, not likely but a hell of a good story - So who cares!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Marinache on Aug. 17 2013
Format: Paperback
Beach Strip has been chosen the 'One Book One Burlington' for this year; since I loved last year's choice so much, I decided to try it... and then I wasn't able to put it down until I was done :)

Beautifully written, with great humour and lovely descriptions of beach strip (a character in itself), with a story that's thrilling and beautiful (in some twisted ways) at the same time. I absolutely loved it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Worry on July 3 2012
Format: Hardcover
They say there is only one story, the journey to recapture what has been lost, to rise above pain, sorrow and death into light. Beach Strip, by John Lawrence Reynolds, is that story. It opens with Josie Marshall describing her home on the Strip, the stone steps her husband had built, the view to the east, the sun's cradle, and then toward the `devil's appliances', the steel mills of Hamilton at the western end of Lake Ontario, and finally of the naked body of her husband, stretched out on a blanket with a bullet in his brain. As she searches for justice for her husband, police detective Gabe Marshall, Josie travels from her own darkness to reclaim the love and light of their relationship.

In his return to mystery writing, Reynolds again pushes and pulls us along a twisted path filled with cops, gangsters and broken souls. The pacing is lively, the writing literate, with humour and thoughtful commentary easing the ragged edges of the human condition. It is a book you will read in a hurry but will remember at your leisure. John Lawrence Reynolds, a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis (a hangman) Award for Best Crime Novel, is my brother-in-law. I grew up just a long walk from the beach strip.
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