The Code by G.B. Joyce

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Shade isn’t always likeable, but his general behaviour makes sense in light of his career trajectory. But I never could quite buy his involvement in a murder investigation...
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For fans of Elmore Leonard and Robert B. Parker, meet hockey scout turned private detective Brad Shade, from “one of the best sports writers on the continent” Brad Shade has been just about everywhere hockey is played. He has ridden the buses in the minors, shared dressing rooms with the legends of the game, closed bars with guys destined for the Hall of Fame, and dropped the gloves with journeymen like himself who’ll never get near it. And even though he’s retired after fourteen years of bouncing around the league with more losses than wins and his net worth eroding, he’s still living out of a suitcase and still taking numbers. That’s his day job—scout for LA, where someone in management owes him a favour from his playing days. But when the brutally murdered body of coaching legend Red Hanratty turns up in the parking lot after an old-timers charity game (Shade goes scoreless, again), Shade’s job of scouting the local phenom starts to overlap with investigating the killing of the kid’s grizzled old coach. When the killer goes after Shade’s girlfriend, he finds out that guys don’t stay in the league because they’re good—they stick around because they’re smart enough to know what needs to get done, and just ornery enough to actually do it. From small-town rinks to the draft tables in the big league, G.B. Joyce introduces us to a character Canadians already love—the fourth-liner with a self-deprecating sense of humour and an oversized will to win—and weaves a story out of strands of resentment, greed, and fear that span generations and build to a surprising, thrilling conclusion.
 

About G.B. Joyce

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G.B. Joyce is a feature writer and editor with Sportsnet magazine. He has written for ESPN the Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the Ottawa Citizen, and has won four National Magazine Awards. Joyce is the author of eight books.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Viking. 448 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jan 20 2012

Shade isn’t always likeable, but his general behaviour makes sense in light of his career trajectory. But I never could quite buy his involvement in a murder investigation...

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Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jan 20 2012

A crime novel is a good framework for many a writer to address certain topics, but the meat of The Code might have been better served with another set of genre trappings.

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