A Deadly Venture by Chris LaingA Deadly Venture by Chris Laing

A Deadly Venture

byChris Laing

Paperback | September 21, 2014

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Max Dexter and his easy-on-the-eyes assistant Isabel O?rien are back in the second book of this post-WWII historical mystery series set in Hamilton, Ontario. When Max? artist friend, Roger Bruce, is arrested for murdering one of his clients, Hamilton mobsters attempt to discourage the duo in their efforts to track down the real killer.

Chris Laing is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. In the past few years he has expanded his longtime interest in detective stories from that of avid reader to writing in this genre. He has written a number of short stories, some of which have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock? Mystery Magazine and Hammered Out, as well as online journals. A Pr...
Title:A Deadly VentureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.05 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Seraphim EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927079322

ISBN - 13:9781927079324

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliving Post-War Hamilton Friends to whom I had praised and recommended last year?s 'A Private Man', Chris Laing?s first novel, subsequently met the author, and are thanked in his second novel's Acknowledgements for their indirect contributions. Those friends presented me with an autographed and inscribed copy of that second, 'A Deadly Venture'. Less than 200 pages in length, 'A Deadly Venture' is as fascinating and delightful a historical novel as was 'A Private Man', set in post-war Hamilton, truly rich in period trivia. Both novels are authentic to the pulp fiction style of the second half of the 1940s, in which they are set. Max Dexter is a ?private eye? ? la Sam Spade, ineligible to rejoin the RCMP or engage in police work due to a war injury to his leg, with an "easy-on-the-eyes" assistant named Isabel O?Brien. The reader almost has to root for these two getting together! Max and Isabel run afoul of the Mob ? a true presence in Hamilton in that era ? as they try to track down a killer who has framed Max?s artist friend Roger Bruce. The plot is excellent, the mystery quite genuine, but it?s Hamilton, the atmosphere, and the period trivia that will hook any reader who remembers those times or who finds Hamilton?s colourful history of interest.
Date published: 2014-11-10