A Killing Winter

The Leo Desroches Mysteries (Volume 2)

Wayne Arthurson

Forge Books

The sequel to Fall from Grace, “a genre-bender, its twists all the more startling for being unexpected” —Booklist

Leo Desroches, a half-Cree, half–French-Canadian reporter in Edmonton, returns in A Killing Winter, the sequel to Wayne Arthurson’s lauded debut murder mystery Fall from Grace. Undercover as a homeless man, Leo’s got his hands full both on the job and in his personal life. As he tries to reconnect with his estranged son and fight his urge to gamble, 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 explores the depths of Native street culture in a local gang. As Leo delves deeper into the gang, secrets emerge that threaten not only their members, but Leo’s life…and his sanity.

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Read an Excerpt

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


Praise for A Killing Winter

Praise for Fall from Grace:

“[A] clever debut. A good story with an engaging central character, the beginning of a promising series.”  —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Wise and compassionate, vivid and witty, Leo is the kind of character you feel you’ve known a long time. 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

“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 and Mystery Debut of the Month

“Works splendidly as both a mystery and a character study. It looks like Arthurson has future Desroches novels planned. They've just been added to my ‘must-read’ list.”
—Quill & Quire

Reviews from Goodreads



  • 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.

  • Wayne Arthurson © Maki Blazevski
    Wayne Arthurson


Available Formats and Book Details

A Killing Winter

The Leo Desroches Mysteries

Wayne Arthurson



Forge Books