Fall from Grace

by Wayne Arthurson

Tom Doherty Associates | March 29, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Fall from Grace is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Leo Desroches goes straight—off the streets, into the newsroom, and up to his neck in murder

Marking the debut of Leo Desroches, one of the most unusual amateur detectives ever to appear in Canada or points south, this fast-paced, enthralling mystery is the story of a man who had everything, lost it all, and is trying to get it back. Leo Desroches doesn’t look like a native, but his mother was Cree, and he understands the problems of indigenous Canadians of the First Nations. Which is probably why the Edmonton newspaper he writes for decides he should be their Aboriginal Issues reporter.

He has his own issues to deal with: his compulsive gambling that he couldn’t stop even after it cost him his wife and children; his alcoholism; the risk-taking that threatens to derail him every time he starts to get his life back together.

When he’s assigned to cover the murder of a young native prostitute, it’s just one more story...until the cop in charge lets him view the corpse, something the Edmonton police never do. When Leo writes his article, it starts a chain of events that leads him to discover a much, much bigger story, one that could bring down the entire police department...if it doesn’t get him killed.

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Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1429968613

ISBN - 13: 9781429968614

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unexpectedly Intriguing and Eye-Opening Novel When I first picked up Wayne Arthurson's "Fall from Grace" I honestly did not expect much from it; the book looked interesting, however,I expected it to be the cliche "good guy vs. bad guy" mystery. But after plunging into the world of Leo Desroches, I realized there was much more to the character and the story that meets the eye. Arthurson has created a complex character who sits on the fence between the good and the bad, and he really leaves it up to the reader to decide which side of the fence Desroches sits on. And like the main character, the story itself is a complex and unexpected push into the reality of the diminishing integrity of the police forces (as well as Desroches) and their "fall from grace".
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As sere as the prairies themselves You know how, in a certain type of (often-British) mystery, your protagonist has some big, self-destructive flaw? He drinks too much, he has intimacy issues, he's all hung up over his lost love or he's Sherlock Holmes and shoots heroin? It's sort of grittily romantic, if you have that thing where you sometimes imagine taking people home, feeding them soup and kindly sorting out their lives? Yeah. So Wayne Arthurson has raised the bar on this particular literary convention. The sport isn't even high jump anymore... he's taken it into the realm of pole vaulting. In Fall from Grace we meet Leo Desroches, a guy so spectacularly screwed up he makes Cracker seem cuddly and functional. Leo's a journalist and a full-time mess on legs. He's been in jail, he's been homeless, and even though he currently has a job, it's in Edmonton. em(Okay, Edmonton, sorry for the swipe. Where was I? Ohhh... balmy balmy Vancouver.)/em He has a regular gig at a local paper and a place to live, but he's also a howling black hole of gambling addiction and bad choices, and he's found a devilishly inventive and thoroughly shocking way to keep himself out of the casinos. When he is first on scene at a murder, Leo gets a chance to put his career back on track. And since there are two Leos--the Gambler, and the earnest guy who wants to put his life together and maybe even reboot a relationship with his kids--he makes the most of it, turning one anonymous murder victim into front page news. As he digs deeper, of course, it turns out that poor Ruby Cardinal is hardly the first strangled sex-trade worker of Aboriginal descent to turn up in an area wheat field. The police are officially unaware of the trend, but they're also more than a little sensitive about the suggestion that there may be a serial killer in the city. Which is great for Leo, because what self-destructive person wouldn't want to antagonize the hometown police? Leo's investigation brings him all the danger his self-loathing side could hope for and then some. Because Fall from Grace doesn't pretend to be gritty--it embodies grit. It's rough-edged and scary, a fascinating crime novel about a guy who can't quite surrender to his own darkness, even as he continually, compulsively sets himself up to lose every single thing he's got.
Date published: 2011-05-18

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Fall from Grace

by Wayne Arthurson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1429968613

ISBN - 13: 9781429968614

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Leo Desroches goes straight—off the streets, into the newsroom, and up to his neck in murder

Marking the debut of Leo Desroches, one of the most unusual amateur detectives ever to appear in Canada or points south, this fast-paced, enthralling mystery is the story of a man who had everything, lost it all, and is trying to get it back. Leo Desroches doesn’t look like a native, but his mother was Cree, and he understands the problems of indigenous Canadians of the First Nations. Which is probably why the Edmonton newspaper he writes for decides he should be their Aboriginal Issues reporter.

He has his own issues to deal with: his compulsive gambling that he couldn’t stop even after it cost him his wife and children; his alcoholism; the risk-taking that threatens to derail him every time he starts to get his life back together.

When he’s assigned to cover the murder of a young native prostitute, it’s just one more story...until the cop in charge lets him view the corpse, something the Edmonton police never do. When Leo writes his article, it starts a chain of events that leads him to discover a much, much bigger story, one that could bring down the entire police department...if it doesn’t get him killed.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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