Fall from Grace from Wayne Arthurson marks 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
decides he should be their Aboriginal Issues reporter. He has his
own issues to deal with: the compulsive gambling that cost him his
wife and children and the risk-taking that threatens to derail him
every time he starts to get his life back together. But during a
newspaper strike, Leo caught a break, getting hired as a reporter.
Since then, he's managed to resist the urge to gamble. But he still
hasn't stopped taking risks....
When he's assigned to cover the murder of a young native
prostitute, it's just one more article...until the cop in charge
lets him view the corpse, something the Edmonton police never do.
Leo's article starts a chain of events that leads him to a much,
much bigger story, one that could bring down the entire police
department...if it doesn't get him killed.