Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.3 × 5.9 × 1.2 in
Published: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765324180
ISBN - 13: 9780765324184
About the Book
Leo Desroches, a half-Cree, half-French-Canadian reporter in Edmonton, returns in the sequel to Arthurson's lauded debut murder mystery "Fall from Grace."
Read from the Book
1 Marvin disappeared on the coldest day of the year. It was minus twenty-eight, but with the wind whipping through the canyon of buildings, it seemed like minus forty. There was no reason to be outside, but there I was, standing near the CBC station entrance of the City Centre Mall, my shoulders hunched over, hands shoved into my pockets, and my head stupidly exposed. Snow swirled around me, like white dust devils stinging my eyes, giving me no place to hide from the weather. It was a good location to work. There were tons of people coming in and out from the bus stop or on their way to the main library branch. But on that frozen day, there was no one except me and a displaced office worker commuting between buildings. Even the diehard smokers and the usual gang of street kids that loitered around this entrance were smart enough to stay inside. I watched the lone commuter from across the street, and waited. His head was tucked into his chin and he leaned forward to fight the wind. His hands were thrust into his pockets to keep them warm and to decrease wind resistance. He looked up only once, to see if traffic on 102nd Avenue would be a problem, and then dashed across, heading for the door of the City Centre Mall. And, of course, me. I knew he hadn’t seen me because he didn’t take the detour to the west side doors. As I waited, I planned my approach. Marvin liked to call my opening lines “The Warning.” He appreciated the way I quickly tol
From the Publisher
The sequel to Fall from Grace, “a genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected” —Booklist
Leo Desroches, a half-Cree, half–French-Canadian reporter in Edmonton, returns in A Killing Winter, the sequel to Wayne Arthurson’s lauded debut murder mystery Fall from Grace. Undercover as a homeless man, Leo’s got his hands full both on the job and in his personal life. As he tries to reconnect with his estranged son and fight his urge to gamble, he is consumed by a story that turns into a personal crusade: a search for a missing Native street kid he’s befriended. When the boy is found brutally murdered, Leo explores the depths of Native street culture in a local gang. As Leo delves deeper into the gang, secrets emerge that threaten not only their members, but Leo’s life…and his sanity.
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.
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