Fall from Grace

The Leo Desroches Mysteries (Volume 1)

Wayne Arthurson

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Leo Desroches goes straight—off the streets, into the newsroom, and up to his neck in murder

Marking 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 he writes for decides he should be their Aboriginal Issues reporter.

He has his own issues to deal with: his compulsive gambling that he couldn’t stop even after it cost him his wife and children; his alcoholism; the risk-taking that threatens to derail him every time he starts to get his life back together.

When he’s assigned to cover the murder of a young native prostitute, it’s just one more story...until the cop in charge lets him view the corpse, something the Edmonton police never do. When Leo writes his article, it starts a chain of events that leads him to discover a much, much bigger story, one that could bring down the entire police department...if it doesn’t get him killed.

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“Do you want to see the body?”
It was not an unusual question; I’ve been asked it before, and I will probably be asked it again. But the key question at the moment was whether to accept the offer this time or to turn around and just walk away.
We stood at the edge of a farmer’s field, squinting even though it was overcast. That’s part of life on the Prairies. When the sky is more than two-thirds of your existence, there’s no choice but to squint, even on an overcast day. At this time of year, the whole world was gray.

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“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

“It’s about time someone set a kick-ass crime novel in Edmonton, and Wayne Arthurson is the man to do it.” –Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the late John Cardinal mysteries

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Wayne Arthurson

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. Fall From Grace is his first novel.

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Fall from Grace
Wayne Arthurson

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765324177
ISBN10: 0765324172
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$25.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765324191
ISBN10: 0765324199
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 320 pages
$14.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 2011
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ISBN: 9781429968614
ISBN10: 1429968613
320 pages
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