- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765324199
- ISBN-13: 978-0765324191
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fall from Grace Paperback – Aug 7 2012
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“A very satisfying debut. Think Nancy Pickard for region and atmosphere, Brad Parks for journalism, and Timothy Hallinan for social concerns and attitude. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal, Starred Review, Mystery Debut of the Month
“Canadian journalist Arthurson's impressive first novel…demonstrates a fine sense of place and casts a sympathetic but informed eye on Edmonton's varied cultures.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is a genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected.” ―Booklist
“The way Arthurson blends disparate elements together in his winning debut augurs well for future efforts. Here's hoping Arthurson brings the troubled Leo Desroches back for an encore, and soon.” ―Mystery Scene
“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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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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.
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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