A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson

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A surprising and ambiguous ending leaves readers in doubt about Leo’s future.
-Publishers Weekly


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.


About Wayne Arthurson

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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.
Published June 25, 2016 by Forge Books. 230 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Feb 27 2012

A surprising and ambiguous ending leaves readers in doubt about Leo’s future.

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Calgary Herald

Reviewed by Kathy Kerr on May 12 2012

Arthurson redeems some of the halting pacing with a cliffhanger ending that comes out of the blue but remains true to the character of dedicated reporter Desroches, a somewhat fragile hero who feels too comfortable with the dark side of the gritty city.

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Gig City

Below average
Reviewed by Lowell Thomson on Apr 17 2012

Arthurson has better in him. But it is a good book, and a good read, which is why people vote with their wallets.

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Crime Fiction Collective

Reviewed by Marlyn Beebe on Apr 30 2012

It's helpful to read Fall From Grace, the first book in the series, before tackling this one, though not absolutely necessary.

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