A Hard Winter Rain by Michael Blair
(A Joe Shoe Mystery)

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Someone walked up to Joe "Shoe" Schumacher's best friend, Patrick O'Neill, in a Vancouver restaurant and shot him dead. It looks like a professional hit, but who wanted O'Neill dead? Was it, as police believe, a "settling of accounts"? Was it Victoria, O'Neill's beautiful but damaged wife? Or was it O'Neill's boss, industrialist William Hammond, with whom O'Neill had a falling-out and with whom Victoria had once had a short-lived affair? Former cop, chauffeur, and bodyguard Joe Shoe sets out to find Patrick's killer, and along the way he uncovers dark secrets going back years -secrets some people will kill to keep.


About Michael Blair

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Michael Blair is a freelance technical writer/editor living in Montreal. The Dells is his fourth mystery, and the second in his Joe Shoe Mystery series. The first, A Hard Winter Rain, was published by Dundurn in 2004. His first book, If Looks Could Kill, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies prize in 1999 and shortlisted for the 2001 Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Prize.
Published October 1, 2004 by Dundurn. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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