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.