Beach Strip Paperback – Jun 19 2012
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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 wryter.ca.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!!!
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.
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.