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Fall from Grace Hardcover – Mar 10 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Canadian First edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324177
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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

“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

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“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

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Wayne Arthurson's debut novel is a compelling mystery about a very real Canadian social problem. There are hundreds of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada, yet they barely register a blip on the news, let alone in crime fiction. This is both the novel's most interesting aspect and its downfall.

Leo Desroches, while investigating a body in a field, comes across a web of corruption and intrigue within the Edmonton Police Department. He's also juggling heavy personal baggage and feels he is a barely tolerated presence at his job as a reporter for a large Edmonton newspaper. When a juicy story and by-line come his way, he tries to make the most of it, with mixed results.

Arthurson's direct, pull-no-punches writing style meshes well with the "voice" of a hardened journalist, and although Leo is not a likeable character, you root for him. The story is well-paced, with realistic characters, and avoids clichés, particularly when describing the Aboriginal community in the fictionalized Edmonton created here. And a "noir" take on a Canadian city is welcome, when most people think of Canada as just like the U.S., only friendlier. Leo's Canada is anything but--it's a world filled with dirty deeds and disgust, where everyone has something to lose.

As another reviewer here noted, many sections of the text are "info dump" exposition, which slow the pace of the story, and the author's style choice of "there was" gets annoying. My biggest criticism, however, is the placement of the murdered women on the back burner. Although they're more sympathetic in Fall From Grace, the women are still mostly "fridge stuffing," a catalyst for men to act. In that regard, what could be a refreshing take on the noir/crime genre edges over into well-worn territory. Still, Fall From Grace is a good read and a worthy debut from an author to watch.
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Format: Hardcover
Awesome first book by a Canadian author from Edmonton, Alberta situated in Edmonton & thou a murder mystery has an extremely original story line.

It is also educational about Western Canada, our First Nations people & Canadians in general. I found the approach 'totally original'. I did not find the character development took anything away from the story - i always find the 'best stories' are embedded within the complexities of the main character & this character strays from perfect hero - he has major issues.

I was blown away!!!
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Wayne Arthurson is a fresh confident voice in the mystery field. His character, reporter Leo Desroches, has normal problems...separated from his children, a spotty unemployment record...but he deals with them in unique and unexpected ways. Fall From Grace, in addition to a well laid out plot, provides timely insights into the workings of a daily newspaper. Hard-edged, yet heartfelt. A seminal work in what should be a long writing career. Enjoy!
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OK But? When I finished this book last night I was a bit undecided on my feelings about it and I only awarded 2 stars but after thinking about it for a while and re-reading the ending I changed my mind and upgraded to 3 stars. Before I comment on the story itself I must say that a main reason for downrating this book was the serious problems with formatting in the Kindle Edition that I read. There were many instances of large parts of sentences being completely left out. These were always the first few words in the sentence and it seemed to happen more often in the latter part of the book. In some cases it was so severe that it made it hard to read and almost impossible to understand what the author was trying to say. I don't know if this is the fault of whoever did the formatting from a printed book to Kindle or just bad editing and proofreading but it sure lowers the readability of this book. However the story itself was quite good with lots of Canadiana and references to Albertan politics and Edmonton's NHL and CFL sports teams, some pretty good action, some good investigative work and an ending to the main plot that was, on second thought, actually better than I thought it was when I finished the book. That there was no ending to the major subplot is another reason I downrated this book but I suspect that is a lead in to the next book in this series which leaves me with another problem. I can't find an eBook version of "A Killing Winter" and my old eyes have got to where I find it difficult to read print books unless I can find large print versions. I've tried reading Wayne Arthurson's books because I like to read crime fiction by Canadian authors and though I liked his writing style, storytelling and characterization much more in this book than I did in "Final Season" I still can't rate him as one of my favourite authors.
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