Spiked by Mark Arsenault
(Eddie Bourque Series)

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Reporter Eddie Bourque chases stories for the Lowell Empire, a second-class rag in a Massachusetts city of first‑generation immigrants and bare‑knuckled politicians. The talented and ambitious Eddie has one eye on finding a better job. However, when the dead junkie found floating in a mill canal is identified as his beat partner, he gives the story his full attention. Before long he finds himself stonewalled by powerbrokers in Lowell law enforcement—and at his own newspaper.
Bent on finding his partner’s killer, Eddie disobeys orders and follows a mysterious Cambodian woman into the city’s poorest neighborhood—with violent results. Battered, dumped in a canal and left for dead, Eddie survives an encounter with an invisible underworld, only to find himself entangled in an international plot of murder and revenge.
It’s do or die for Eddie as he struggles to stay one step ahead of ruthless hitmen, the city’s self-serving power elite, and the curious police detective who always shows up when Eddie wishes she wouldn’t. The story of a lifetime beckons, but the closer he comes to the truth, the greater the chance that the story—and Eddie—will be spiked.

About Mark Arsenault

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Mark Arsenault has been a paperboy, a “section stuffer,” a newspaper delivery truck driver, a paste-up artist and, since 1989, a reporter. He presently covers state politics for The Providence Journal. When he is not at his keyboard, you might find him on the side of a mountain. He lives in Cranston, Rhode Island. Spiked is his first novel.
Published August 4, 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bourque suspects the killing is tied to a story Nowlin was working on under cover, but the newspaper's owners, high up in Lowell's power structure, discourage Bourque from pursuing his investigation.

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But his editor and the city politicians don't want to publish negative stories, because they want to raze the immigrant neighborhood and build expensive condos.

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There is the copy editor who tries to trip up Eddie with quotes from old movies, and the computer whiz who longs to be a stand up comedian and promises to help Eddie with his computer problems if Eddie will make him funny.

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