Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Fall From Grace, by Wayne Arthurson
Sure, we all like our heros flawed, but Leo Desroches is pushing things. A half-Cree/half-French-Canadian gambling addict who lost his family, job, and self-respect to the addiction, Deroches is making slow progress toward reestablishing himself as a journalist and father. He holds the gambling addiction at bay with drugs and ... bank robberies. Yes, that's right. I thought maybe they had changed the point of view when Desroches politely robbed his first bank. Really, Mr. Arthurson? The mystery revolves around a string of deaths of Native prostitutes in Edmonton, Alberta, that the police are unwilling to view as the work of a serial killer despite the similarities. It appears to be quite chilly in Edmonton in the winter.