A Private Man by Chris LaingA Private Man by Chris Laing

A Private Man

byChris Laing

Paperback | August 15, 2012

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In 1947, World War II veteran and former lawman Max Dexter opens his own detective agency in Hamilton, Ontario. Max and his assistant Isabel O'Brien are on the case from murder to money laundering and organized crime.

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?s Mystery Magazine and Hammered Out, as well as online journals.
Title:A Private ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Seraphim EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927079098

ISBN - 13:9781927079096


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Delight I was hooked before I finished the first page . . . story writer Chris Laing’s first novel is a delight. A native of Hamilton currently resident in Kingston, Laing is a devotee of P.I. fiction who started writing fiction upon retirement. In A Private Man Craig has created a period yarn reminiscent of the golden age of private-eye pulp fiction, the post-war years through the 1950s. It is the summer of 1947. A onetime RCMP officer, then a member of Canada’s military police during the war where he received a serious shrapnel injury, Max Dexter has been invalided out of the services. Ineligible to return to the RCMP or the police work he wants because of his pronounced limp. he now operates a PI practice in downtown Hamilton. As the story opens Max is expanding the agency he has bought, hiring Isabel, an assistant who echos the glam girls of that post-war period of fiction-writers but who has brains to match her beauty. I can’t even guess how successful this novel might be outside southern Ontario, with readers unfamiliar with this area and its history, but it’s a genuine treat for those here. Lots of period detail and attitude, lots of community, lots of local lore, lots of actual historic events from the thirties and forties, including the scandals of the Evelyn Dick murder trials. And a fine mystery/PI novel wrapped around it. I hope Max Dexter will return, but even more I hope A Private Man is only the first of several novels we’ll get from Chris Laing.
Date published: 2013-02-16