The Ambitious City by Scott Thornley

The Ambitious City

byScott Thornley

Paperback | January 1, 2019

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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.

About The Author

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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Title:The Ambitious CityFormat: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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"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