Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson

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Even if you don’t figure out the solution well before the end of the story, there is little reason to follow Leo to the end: He, his mystery and his world cease to hold interest much past the introductions.
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Leo Desroches goes straight―off the streets, into the newsroom, and up to his neck in murder

Marking the debut of Leo Desroches, one of the most unusual amateur detectives ever to appear in Canada or points south, this fast-paced, enthralling mystery is the story of a man who had everything, lost it all, and is trying to get it back. Leo Desroches doesn't look like a native, but his mother was Cree, and he understands the problems of indigenous Canadians of the First Nations. Which is probably why the Edmonton newspaper he writes for decides he should be their Aboriginal Issues reporter.

He has his own issues to deal with: his compulsive gambling that he couldn't stop even after it cost him his wife and children; his alcoholism; the risk-taking that threatens to derail him every time he starts to get his life back together.

When he's assigned to cover the murder of a young native prostitute, it's just one more story...until the cop in charge lets him view the corpse, something the Edmonton police never do. When Leo writes his article, it starts a chain of events that leads him to discover a much, much bigger story, one that could bring down the entire police department...if it doesn't get him killed.

 

About Wayne Arthurson

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WAYNE ARTHURSON, like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is 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 was born in and lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife and child. Fall from Grace is his first mystery novel. The sequel, A Killing Winter, has just been published.
 
Published August 3, 2015 by Forge Books. 318 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by David Berry on Apr 01 2011

Even if you don’t figure out the solution well before the end of the story, there is little reason to follow Leo to the end: He, his mystery and his world cease to hold interest much past the introductions.

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