- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 2 edition (April 10 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765324180
- ISBN-13: 978-0765324184
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 0.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Fall from Grace:
“[A] clever debut. A good story with an engaging central character, the beginning of a promising series.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Wise and compassionate, vivid and witty, Leo is the kind of character you feel you’ve known a long time. 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
“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 and Mystery Debut of the Month
“Works splendidly as both a mystery and a character study. It looks like Arthurson has future Desroches novels planned. They've just been added to my ‘must-read’ list.”
—Quill & Quire
About the Author
WAYNE ARTHURSON, bestselling author of the first Leo Desroches mystery Fall from Grace, is, like his protagonist, the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band, and as a freelance journalist. He lives in Edmonton, Canada.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A lot of descriptions and facts about Edmonton seemed to be thrown in as filler information and added nothing to the story.
The story dragged and didn't seem to make a lot of sense or did not seem to be going anywhere.
I hated the way the ending hangs in mid air, with no meat to it.
The editor missed a typo and all in all, a huge disappointment. I will not be buying any more of this author's books as
I really do not care what happens to his main character.
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He's unable to find him, and upon learning that the normally reliable guy hasn't shown up to work in a week, he files a missing person report with the police, only to be asked to identify a John Doe in the police morgue who fits Marvin's description. The body is indeed Marvin's, and Leo learns that a tattoo on the back of the boy's hand is a gang marking, and that it's likely Marvin's death was a gang punishment.
Leo is aware of the existence of native gangs, but knows few details. Surprised that Marvin, who was employed and took care of other native teens adrift in the city, was a member of the largest native gang in the country, Leo begins to investigate on his own. He uses his own half-Cree status to wangle a meeting with some members of the Redd Alert, and that is when things begin to go awry.
Unfortunately, Leo hasn't informed anyone at the paper about what he's doing, so he has no backup.
"Going rogue" has consequences, and Leo may lose everything he worked so hard to regain due to his gambling addiction.
It's helpful to read Fall From Grace, the first book in the series, before tackling this one, though not absolutely necessary. Still, if you read A Killing Winter first, you'll find yourself searching for its prequel.