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.

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