The Ambitious City

Paperback | January 1, 2019

byScott Thornley

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If a local biker war isn't enough--7 shrink-wrapped corpses found buried between the barns on a nearby farm--MacNeice receives a desperate phone call from his old friend, the mayor of Dundurn. Dredging is nearly completed on the ambitious waterfront project the mayor hopes will revive his mini rust belt of a city, but the whole thing may be about to come off the rails: the dredgers have turned up 6 more bodies at the bottom of the lake, and 2 of them, encased in concrete, are fairly fresh. The mayor wants MacNeice to fix things, discreetly and fast. The trouble is there is another "visionary" on the loose in Dundurn, a serial killer who wants to rid the city of high-achieving young women of colour.
 
With the body count rising, the usually super-competent Detective Superindent MacNeice feels outgunned by the bikers, outmaneuvered by the serial killer--and deeply unsettled by the connections he begins to uncover between the biker wars and the USA and Canadian concrete companies who've won the bid to help build the mayor's dream. The only good thing about the crisis is that he's persuaded Fiza Aziz, the young Muslim detective who'd burned out on their last case together, to come back to the force. The bad thing: she deliberately puts herself in the killer's sights.

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If a local biker war isn't enough--7 shrink-wrapped corpses found buried between the barns on a nearby farm--MacNeice receives a desperate phone call from his old friend, the mayor of Dundurn. Dredging is nearly completed on the ambitious waterfront project the mayor hopes will revive his mini rust belt of a city, but the whole thing m...

SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired the fictional Dundurn of his MacNeice crime series. As president and creative director of Scott Thornley + Company (a strategic creative firm that defines, builds and maintains the brands of clients in Canada, the USA and the UK), he has worked for 20 years with the pillars of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2019Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307359298

ISBN - 13:9780307359292

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read While not as "different" as the first book in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed this second one. I am awaiting book three. :)
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The ambitious city Really enjoyed that many of the scenarios were tied into the history of arra. Made the characters come to life for me. With public transit on everyones mind certainly there could be a good story based in Dundern and go transit that would need to be solved
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another great novel from thornley! i had very much enjoyed scott thornley’s first crime novel "erasing memory" and was totally looking forward to reading his second book. with a new writer though, one never knows if the writer’s skill will enhance itself with the trade, or if the first hit was merely beginner’s luck. but when a writer can hook you in from beginning to end, as he achieved again in this second novel, i say he did a pretty good job and it certainly does look like he’s sharpening his skill. -- i also found it very interesting how he actually included two crime stories in this book. when we read crime novels, they always focus on one major crime, yet the reality of detectives is never so. for that reason i did enjoy the parallel stories, even if at times it felt a bit broken, going back and forth. -- i definitely recommend the book (and i do believe we should support our canadian writers), and certainly, do keep an eye on this guy. i have a feeling his best stuff is yet to come!
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A GOOD READ Based on the first review I just about didn't bother with this one although I thoroughly enjoyed his first novel "Erasing Memory". I am glad I did now because I really enjoyed it. It was a good read and I agree completely with the Toronto Star. This author is one to watch as I am sure that his next book will improve on the first two. Nice to read something by a Canadian author once in a while.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Probably the most silly story I have read for a while! The Toronto Star quote on the cover persuaded me to buy this book. "Not since P.D. James's (sic) Adam Dalgliesh has there been a police inspector as sophisticated as MacNiece." I forced myself to finish this book only because I thought someone should write a review about it. The only mystery about this book is that you have no idea where the writer was heading regarding the plot (or should I say plots?) Silly dialogue, ridiculous characters, idiotic scenes - an insult to the reader. As for the comparison to Dagliesh, tell me dear reader would our favourite British copper steal drug money even if it was going to a widow with young children (and what would the US equivalent of Fintrac make of her $200,000 windfall?) And would he hand over a weapon to a distraught colleague so she could place two strategically placed bullets into a deranged dead man? No, of course not. So ignore the Toronto Star. Listen to me. Keep your money and save it for the next Peter Robinson.
Date published: 2012-07-20

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"Captivating.... Hard-hitting and thoughtful.... Thornley can describe a ravaged body or an explosion, but he can also delve into human emotion with a delicate touch." Edmonton Journal"Perhaps no writer grabs the violent new zeitgeist more firmly than Scott Thornley with his second book, The Ambitious City." Toronto Star"A major new crime-writing talent.... A fine police procedural/thriller that can hold its own against crime novels set anywhere in the world." Shots: Crime and Thriller E-Zine "Terrific.... A really good cop-shop story.... Read this and then look for the first MacNeice book, Erasing Memory." Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail