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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Linda Leith Publishing (Oct. 13 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927535239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927535233
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the first Luc Vanier novel by Peter Kirby:

"Taut. Claustrophobic. Compelling." - Will Ferguson

"Powerful. Dark. Raw." - Kathy Reichs

"Riveting." - John Farrow

"Gripping. Compelling." - Montreal Gazette

"Grim. Convincing. Believable." - Montreal Review of Books

"Irishman Kirby joins John Brady and Peter Robinson in the ranks of the best English and Irish ex-pat crime novelists living in Canada." - Nuacht

"One of the pleasures of Kirby's novel is the setting. Thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite, while the city is pummelled by an endless succession of vicious snowstorms... Kirby puts Vanier through his paces chasing a killer in a book that's fast-paced and enjoyable." -- Maclean's

"Inspector Luc Vanier of the Montreal PD seems a character likely to join the ranks of Canada's enduring sleuth figures."- The Toronto Star

"An auspicious debut from a writer to watch" - The Globe and Mail

About the Author

Peter Kirby practices international law with one of Canada's largest law firms. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in Brixton, South London. He has been recognized by The American Lawyer as one of Canada's leading 500 lawyers and called a star in international arbitration by Benchmark Litigation. He lives in Montreal. Author website: www.peterkirby.ca

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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 28 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 2, in the Inspector Luc Vanier crime novel series

What it is not to like when an author chooses your home town as backdrop for his mystery. Of course this novel is purely a work of fiction….or is it? After all, wouldn't it be inevitable for Mr. Kirby, a lawyer by profession, to explore the seedy side of a city he knows so well and provide his readers with an atmospheric book on the gritty streets of Montreal. Isn't it natural to be influenced and to explore social issues, relationships, politics and everything that may hit the headlines and work around this to provide us with an exciting read? Of course and with “Vigilante Season” we find once more a window into human nature in times of conflict.

This second installment deals with drug dealers and prostitutes in a neighbourhood going through gentrification. The authorities are barely present and there is so much budgets cutbacks, a local militia has stepped in to help clean up the neighbourhood in an effort to impose their will. Inspector Luc Vanier is back to investigate the brutal murder of a drug dealer and in Mr. Kirby’s Montreal, thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite.

This is a riveting story of corruption and street crime, fast-paced and an enjoyable escapism. The plot covers a lot of ground, this isn't simply a mystery it also solves it. The main theme centres on a fictional struggle for authority and justice and what happens to a neighbourhood when it has been abandoned by the police and politicians. While the side plots have Vanier helping his son to overcome his PTSD and to lighten the subject the most appropriated tad of romance crosses the pages. The story is well-written with a Montreal state of mind and goes beyond a straightforward narrative. We have first-rate characterization where good people do bad things and bad people do good things (or think they do). Another great novel and an author on my watch list
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This is an OK book that was no way near as good as 'the Dead Of Winter" and I have reluctantly awarded 3 stars because it worth a bit more than 2. I found there were just too many characters representing too many organizations each with a seemingly different agenda and a reader practically needs a programme to keep track of who's who. Along with that I found the writing style a bit difficult to follow with mainly every paragraph in each chapter shifting to the POV of different character and often very difficult for the reader to figure out who's story we were seeing now. Then I wasn't too enthralled with the ending twist where the author brings in the big boss perpetrator without having him having been apparently involved throughout the book and with very few, if any, clues to his involvement having been provided. In my opinion the only one of multiple plot lines to receive closure was the one with Lic's son, Alex, with all the rest of the police and political corruption and the crime, gang, drug and poverty problems just revolving back to where they were in the beginning with some of the bad guys eliminated probably to be replaced with a new cast in any further sequel. In fact I think the Alex story was the best plot line of the book. I doubt that I'll be buying any other books by this author but I would probably read more if I can find freebies or loaners.
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HASH(0xa15acbf4) out of 5 stars Great story April 28 2014
By Toni Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 2, in the Inspector Luc Vanier crime novel series

What it is not to like when an author chooses your home town as backdrop for his mystery. Of course this novel is purely a work of fiction….or is it? After all, wouldn't it be inevitable for Mr. Kirby, a lawyer by profession, to explore the seedy side of a city he knows so well and provide his readers with an atmospheric book on the gritty streets of Montreal. Isn't it natural to be influenced and to explore social issues, relationships, politics and everything that may hit the headlines and work around this to provide us with an exciting read? Of course and with “Vigilante Season” we find once more a window into human nature in times of conflict.

This second installment deals with drug dealers and prostitutes in a neighbourhood going through gentrification. The authorities are barely present and there is so much budgets cutbacks, a local militia has stepped in to help clean up the neighbourhood in an effort to impose their will. Inspector Luc Vanier is back to investigate the brutal murder of a drug dealer and in Mr. Kirby’s Montreal, thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite.

This is a riveting story of corruption and street crime, fast-paced and an enjoyable escapism. The plot covers a lot of ground, this isn't simply a mystery it also solves it. The main theme centres on a fictional struggle for authority and justice and what happens to a neighbourhood when it has been abandoned by the police and politicians. While the side plots have Vanier helping his son to overcome his PTSD and to lighten the subject the most appropriated tad of romance crosses the pages. The story is well-written with a Montreal state of mind and goes beyond a straightforward narrative. We have first-rate characterization where good people do bad things and bad people do good things (or think they do). Another great novel and an author on my watch list
HASH(0xa15acee8) out of 5 stars “A fine tale, that can hold its own with the best of what's out there” Dec 13 2013
By Jim Napier, mystery & crime fiction reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In a neglected neighbourhood in east Montreal,a minor drug-dealer is found one night, bludgeoned to death. Few people seem to give a damn: the conventional wisdom is that it’s a drug deal gone wrong. But the victim, Émile Legault, had been tortured, one of his fingers amputated, and the very next day a clean-up crew is already busy renovating his apartment. Not business as usual in a petty drug deal. Intrigued, Inspector Luc Vanier visits the nominal landlord, Colonel Montpetit, the head of a self-styled paramilitary group, the Patriotes, that is trying to clean up the area. Montpetit is not overly concerned: in his view a crack house in the neighbourhood is not an asset, and Legault is scum, to be driven out.

On the face of it, the Patriotes fill an important void in the district. Employing many locals and operating everything from local pre-school programs to employment centres to food banks and a summer camp, they are widely popular in an area mostly neglected by city authorities. But Vanier spots another, darker side to the organization: on the Colonel’s wall is a photo of men parading through the streets in uniform and armed with guns. Are they harmless nuts playing at soldiers, or dangerous adversaries and a rival government vying for political power? Montpetit senses Vanier’s antipathy, and the tension between the two is palpable.

When Vanier and his partner Detective Sergeant Sylvie Sainte-Jacques visit the Patriotes, Saint-Jacques notices a street kid outside Montpetit’s office slashing Vanier’s tires, and the detective gives chase. The kid eludes him, but Vanier tracks him down and busts him for vandalism. Before long Colonel Montpetit makes the issue a cause célébre, portraying the punk as an innocent victim, and orchestrating a march on the station where he’s being held. When the demonstration turns ugly and cars are torched the boy is released; but he turns up at a local hospital soon afterwards, with injuries he blames on Vanier. Suddenly Vanier and his partner, Sylvie Sainte-Jacques, find themselves on the defensive, relieved of duties and ordered to stay strictly away from the investigation and the Patriotes. It seems Montpetit and his militia have effectively taken over the neighbourhood. So begins a cat-and-mouse game between Vanier and Montpetit. But little does he realize that he’s only scratched the surface of the very troubled neighbourhood.

If I have any quarrel with Kirby’s latest work, it is that Vanier’s subordinate, Detective Sergeant Sylvie Saint-Jacques, seems to be largely along for the ride. As the tale gathers steam and moves toward its taut climax, Saint-Jacques is relegated to a minor role exercised from the boondocks of Tremblant, outside of Montreal. There are only so many characters that an author can explore in a single novel, of course, and Vanier, his troubled son Alex, and his lover Anjili are dealt with compassionately and in some depth; but it would be nice to see Saint-Jacques come in for some of the same in Kirby’s next tale. That said, Vigilante Season is a fine tale that can hold its own with the best of what’s out there, and I look forward to the next in this engaging series.

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Since 2005 Jim Napier's reviews and interviews have appeared in several Canadian newspapers and on such websites as Spinetingler, The Rap Sheet, Shots Magazine, Crime Time, Reviewing The Evidence, January magazine, and the Montreal Review of Books, as well as on his own award-winning site, Deadly Diversions.


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