Sam Wiseman runs an independent bookstore near McGill University in the heart of Montreal. His existence is untroubled and his relationships are steady - until the day he stops a shoplifter. Out of this seemingly innocent incident, Sam becomes friends with Gaston Lemieux, a police detective with a great affection for nineteenth-century British novels.
The friendship comes into play when Sam discovers the body of professor Harold Hilliard - a long-time customer of the store - dead in his office at McGill. Sam is implicated in the murder when it is discovered that the victim is clutching a special order form from Sam's store in what clearly is an attempt to reveal the identity of his murderer.
Part police-procedural and part cozy mystery, That Sleep of Death introduces a new sleuth to the Canadian murder-mystery scene - one whose continuing presence will be anticipated and enjoyed for mysteries to come.
Like every good murder mystery, King's debut novel, That Sleep of Death
, keeps its reader guessing until the very end. The books grabs hold of the reader's attention quickly and never lets go. It remains engaging, fast-paced and finely written throughout. (Stephanie Cesca The Chronicle-Herald
The plot is pure whodunnit, with touches of procedural and only a few first-novel glitches. King plans a series of Sam Wiseman boks. That's good; he has talent, wit and Montreal. (Margaret Cannon The Globe and Mail
a literate mystery, crisply written and captivating in its plot twists. (Times-Colonist (Victoria, BC)
About the Author
Richard King is one of the co-founders of Librarie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal. Previously, he worked at the Classics bookstore on St. Catherine Street, and has served on the board of the Canadian Booksellers Association, including a year as its president. A graduate of McGill, he has lived all his life in Montreal.