Fall from Grace by Wayne ArthursonFall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson

Fall from Grace

byWayne Arthurson

Paperback | August 7, 2012

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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.

WAYNE ARTHURSON, like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is the son of Cree and French Canadian parents. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band, and as a freelance journalist. He was born in and lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and child. Fall from Grace is his first mystery novel. The sequel, A Killing Wint...
Title:Fall from GraceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.71 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765324199

ISBN - 13:9780765324191


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unexpectedly Intriguing and Eye-Opening Novel When I first picked up Wayne Arthurson's "Fall from Grace" I honestly did not expect much from it; the book looked interesting, however,I expected it to be the cliche "good guy vs. bad guy" mystery. But after plunging into the world of Leo Desroches, I realized there was much more to the character and the story that meets the eye. Arthurson has created a complex character who sits on the fence between the good and the bad, and he really leaves it up to the reader to decide which side of the fence Desroches sits on. And like the main character, the story itself is a complex and unexpected push into the reality of the diminishing integrity of the police forces (as well as Desroches) and their "fall from grace".
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As sere as the prairies themselves You know how, in a certain type of (often-British) mystery, your protagonist has some big, self-destructive flaw? He drinks too much, he has intimacy issues, he's all hung up over his lost love or he's Sherlock Holmes and shoots heroin? It's sort of grittily romantic, if you have that thing where you sometimes imagine taking people home, feeding them soup and kindly sorting out their lives? Yeah. So Wayne Arthurson has raised the bar on this particular literary convention. The sport isn't even high jump anymore... he's taken it into the realm of pole vaulting. In Fall from Grace we meet Leo Desroches, a guy so spectacularly screwed up he makes Cracker seem cuddly and functional. Leo's a journalist and a full-time mess on legs. He's been in jail, he's been homeless, and even though he currently has a job, it's in Edmonton. em(Okay, Edmonton, sorry for the swipe. Where was I? Ohhh... balmy balmy Vancouver.)/em He has a regular gig at a local paper and a place to live, but he's also a howling black hole of gambling addiction and bad choices, and he's found a devilishly inventive and thoroughly shocking way to keep himself out of the casinos. When he is first on scene at a murder, Leo gets a chance to put his career back on track. And since there are two Leos--the Gambler, and the earnest guy who wants to put his life together and maybe even reboot a relationship with his kids--he makes the most of it, turning one anonymous murder victim into front page news. As he digs deeper, of course, it turns out that poor Ruby Cardinal is hardly the first strangled sex-trade worker of Aboriginal descent to turn up in an area wheat field. The police are officially unaware of the trend, but they're also more than a little sensitive about the suggestion that there may be a serial killer in the city. Which is great for Leo, because what self-destructive person wouldn't want to antagonize the hometown police? Leo's investigation brings him all the danger his self-loathing side could hope for and then some. Because Fall from Grace doesn't pretend to be gritty--it embodies grit. It's rough-edged and scary, a fascinating crime novel about a guy who can't quite surrender to his own darkness, even as he continually, compulsively sets himself up to lose every single thing he's got.
Date published: 2011-05-18

Editorial Reviews

"A very satisfying debut. Think Nancy Pickard for region and atmosphere, Brad Parks for journalism, and Timothy Hallinan for social concerns and attitude. Highly recommended." -Library Journal, Starred Review, Mystery Debut of the Month"Canadian journalist Arthurson's impressive first novel.demonstrates a fine sense of place and casts a sympathetic but informed eye on Edmonton's varied cultures." -Publishers Weekly"This is a genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected." -Booklist"The way Arthurson blends disparate elements together in his winning debut augurs well for future efforts. Here's hoping Arthurson brings the troubled Leo Desroches back for an encore, and soon." -Mystery Scene"Wise and compassionate, vivid and witty, Leo is the kind of character you feel you've known a long time, and Wayne Arthurson is a writer to watch. What a great read. I couldn't put it down." -Sparkle Hayter, bestselling author of the Robin Hudson mysteries