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Death of A Lesser Man

by Thomas Rendell Curran

Boulder Publications | May 18, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Death of A Lesser Man is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A gunshot rings out and World War One veteran Harrison Rose lies dead in Bannerman Park. This latest crime thriller in Thomas Rendell Curran's “Inspector Stride Mystery” series is a gripping story, where betrayal and violence are a way of life.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 in

Published: May 18, 2011

Publisher: Boulder Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0986537624

ISBN - 13: 9780986537622

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enigma on the Rock Death of a Lesser Man Following the success of his first two novels set in St. John’s, Newfoundland, known in Canada as The Rock, Thomas Rendell Curran’s Death of a Lesser Man maintains the same high standards. Inspector Eric Stride, working for the Newfoundland Constabulary in the years following the Second World War, is alarmed by gunshots which echo down the street of his sedate neighbourhood. One shot, then another. He rushes out, only to find his respectable neighbour dead with no witnesses. His well-appointed house shows no sign of malicious entry. Harrison Rose was an honoured veteran of the Great War, one of many who returned to prosper in business. If he succeeded a bit more than he should have in the years after prohibition in this port of trade, there could be many reasons why, most legitimate. The forensics are problematical. Rose seems to have been shot not twice in the chest, but a third and very fatal time in the head. Ballistics were less sophisticated in 1947, but any amateur could tell that two guns were used, one for the chest shots, another for the coup de grace. Himself a man with a questionable background, including suspicious rum-running activity before he joined the force, Stride takes on the highly sensitive job of tracking a killer. Time and time again he is led to believe that Rose’s past must be involved. Though one more war has intervened, men of Rose’s age gained their military experience through the brutal trench slaughters of the Great War. Many soldiers carried revenge for their comrades’ misdeeds in their hearts for the rest of their lives. Memories and flashbacks of gruesome scenes best forgotten shift the focus between past and present. Everyone remembers the key battles that led to record numbers of Canadian deaths, as Stride’s coworker Phelan demonstrates: Bloody awful show, Gallipoli….The Newfoundland Regiment arrived there in September of 1915. God’s arsehole, Kit’s uncle called it. Awful heat when they arrived, almost no fresh water, swarms of flies, never mind the Turkish artillery and snipers. And then in November the weather turned freezing cold, and there were terrible rainstorms, even floods. Some of the British troops actually drowned in their trenches, and others froze to death on the firing steps. Though his heroism in the Great War seems undisputed, what about the time Rose spent in Ireland, where many were fervent enemies of Great Britain and resented the occupation? Rose turns out to have been a man with many more secrets involving more than one woman. And his grown daughter is arriving from abroad just in time to make preparations for a funeral. How should Stride handle that problem, especially if she has information he needs to solve the case? Curran captures the fabric of his native Newfoundland, a place where the inhabitants must work hard to earn a living not much different from a hundred years ago in this fishing community with history on every corner. The rain and drizzle on “The Rock” along with the hardscrabble farming challenge even the strongest constitution. Yet no true son or daughter would have it otherwise. The redoubtable Stride wipes his shoes while in the sacred halls of the upper classes, but also walks through the shadowed alleys and shabby rooming houses that make up the dark underbelly of the city. More than one person may have a secret that calls for a killing to defend. Curran also shines through his thorough knowledge of military history and the social climate during, between, and after the wars. Newfoundland shed a disproportionate amount of its lifeblood on the battlefield. Over all hovers a strict code of behaviour for the officers and men who marched off to war. His details are authentic and he never fails to create the right atmosphere for this dark and moody historical.
Date published: 2011-05-03

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Death of A Lesser Man

Death of A Lesser Man

by Thomas Rendell Curran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 in

Published: May 18, 2011

Publisher: Boulder Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0986537624

ISBN - 13: 9780986537622

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A gunshot rings out and World War One veteran Harrison Rose lies dead in Bannerman Park. This latest crime thriller in Thomas Rendell Curran's “Inspector Stride Mystery” series is a gripping story, where betrayal and violence are a way of life.

About the Author

Thomas Rendell Curran is a critically acclaimed writer whose first two books received praise from several newspapers, including the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen.