A Killing Winter

The Leo Desroches Mysteries (Volume 2)

Wayne Arthurson

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Gangs, gambling, and murder.

Leo Desroches, a half-Cree, half-French Canadian reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, returns in A Killing Winter, the sequel to Wayne Arthurson’s lauded debut murder mystery Fall from Grace

 

Leo, working undercover for a series of articles about the homeless of Edmonton, has his hands full. In his personal life, he’s trying to reconnect with his estranged son while fighting his urge to gamble. And at the newspaper, he is consumed by a story that turns into a personal crusade: a search for a missing Native street kid he’s befriended. 

When the boy is found brutally murdered, Leo realizes that in order to tell the victim’s story and bring him justice, he has to plumb the depths of First Nations street culture in the local gang to which he belonged. But as Leo delves deeper into the gang and the inner workings of tribal politics, secrets emerge that threaten not only the survival of the tribe, but also Leo’s sanity…and his life.

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Marvin disappeared on the coldest day of the year. It was minus twenty-eight, but with the wind whipping through the canyon of buildings, it seemed like minus forty. There was no reason to be outside, but there I was, standing near the CBC station entrance of the City Centre Mall, my shoulders hunched over, hands shoved into my pockets, and my head stupidly exposed. Snow swirled around me, like white dust devils stinging my eyes, giving me no place to hide from the weather.
It was a good location to work. There were tons of people coming in and out from the bus stop

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“So much is good here: an understanding of the pleasures as well as the horrors of addictions; descriptions of the Canadian cold that send one seeking a radiator; masterful action scenes. Give it a chance, delight in its successes, and wait for Arthurson's next one.”  —Booklist

“[Leo’s] phoenixlike ability to rise again makes for compelling reading, plus a cliff-hanger ending demands resolution.” —Library Journal

A Killing Winter is a must-read. Watch closely: This is a series with magnetic drawing power.” —Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator

Praise for Fall from Grace, the first Leo Desroches mystery:

“It's about time  someone set a kick-ass crime novel in Edmonton.”—Giles Blunt, bestselling author of the late John Cardinal mysteries

“A genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected.”—Booklist

“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


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Wayne Arthurson

WAYNE ARTHURSON, bestselling author of the first Leo Desroches mystery, Fall from Grace, is, like his protagonist, 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 lives in Edmonton, Canada.

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A Killing Winter
Wayne Arthurson

Trade Paperback

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765324207
ISBN10: 0765324202
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$14.99

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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765324184
ISBN10: 0765324180
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$24.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429924603
ISBN10: 1429924608
320 pages
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