Barbotte

Barbotte

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

Montreal 1946. Jackie Robinson is playing for the Royals, the jazz clubs are hopping and the backrooms are full of people losing money at the barbotte tables.Nat Lawson is home from the war working for the phone company and moonlighting running 'silent' lines for bookies when Leah Aidelbaum asks him to play private eye.Vincent Valentine. A Turk for Shinra Corporation. Genetically engineered horror.Professor Natalie Long has fantasized the day she would find his resting place. A scientist who studied under Professor Gast, she believes she has found the means to cure him of the darker side to his nature.But when the cure could lead to his death, she isn't so certain she can live without him.*(this is a work of fan-fiction; events take place after those of Final Fantasy VII)
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East Coast

East Coast

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

EAST COAST is THE WIRE in a rural setting as RCMP Sgt. Jerry Northup works to keep his narcotics squad motivated in the seemingly unwinnable war on drugs while raising three kids with his wife, Isobel.Her sentence is death.Evil turns the life of Ysane Wulfsingas, a woman of gentleness and peace, into a nightmare that drives her to murder. When a new enemy, the fearsome knight Fallard D'Auvrecher, charges headlong into her life intent on picking up where her former husband left off, her only defense is to guard well her heart.Captain Fallard D'Auvrecher holds the opportunity of a lifetime within his hand. To keep it, he must rescue Ysane Wulfsingas from execution, for the beautiful Rose of Wulfsinraed is the key to all he has fought for in his years as a knight of King William. Fallard must conquer not only the rebel commander who desires Wulfsinraed for himself, but also the demesne's serenely obstinate mistress.Though he has waged countless battles, Fallard soon learns the greatest challenge of all is the fight for the lady's heart.
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A Little More Free

A Little More Free

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

Constable Eddie Dougherty returns in this gripping police proceduralMontreal, Labour Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and Constable Eddie Dougherty witnesses the deaths of 37 people. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed and two million dollars' worth of paintings are stolen. Against the backdrop of these historic events, Dougherty discovers the body of a murdered young man on Mount Royal. As he tries to prove he has the stuff to become a detective, he is drawn into the world of American draft dodgers and deserters, class politics, and organized crime. A Little More Free, the second Eddie Dougherty mystery, presents a portrait of a city and an officer trying to find out where they stand in a divisive and rapidly changing world.
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Montreal Noir

Montreal Noir

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Brand-new stories by: Patrick Senécal, Tess Fragoulis, Howard Shrier, Michel Basilières, Rob Pobi, Samuel Archibald, Geneviève Lefebvre, Ian Truman, Johanne Seymour, Arjun Basu, Martin Michaud, Melissa Yi, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Kirby, and Brad Smith.Montreal is noir, the birthplace of Leonard Cohen, Saul Bellow, Michel Tremblay, Mordecai Richler, and Oscar Peterson. It's unsettling, it's subversive, it's palpable, but it's never obvious. Montreal's long history is dominated by cultures coming together, almost. And coming apart, almost. And continuing, always. Here, French and English writers explore the underside of the Sin City of the north.From the introduction by John McFetridge & Jacques Filippi:One of the oldest cities in North America, Montreal...
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Tumblin' Dice

Tumblin' Dice

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

The High, a band with a few hit songs in the late 1970s, have reunited to play the nostalgia circuit at casinos. But for bassist Barry and lead singer Cliff, this tour promises to be unforgettable and even more worthwhile than ever. In this fourth installment of the Toronto series, these two band members turn the tables on the gritty underworld of casinos, as they rob the loan sharks and drug dealers who work at every stop of the tour. After finding their old manager who had swindled millions from them years ago, Barry and Cliff decide to go for the big score and get it all back—and more. But when the Saints of Hell, the notoriously dangerous motorcycle gang, get involved, all bets are off.Review"[A] tightly plotted, snappy endeavour. . . . The book positively exudes rock 'n' roll cred: it's full of dirt, sex, and sweat, and its title is only one of many homages to classic rock." —Quill & Quire (March 2012)“Canada’s answer to Elmore Leonard, John McFetridge is going places . . . The title of Canadian author [his] second crime novel is as packed with rascally attitude as the book itself."  —Toronto Star“[McFetridge is] a clear disciple of Elmore Leonard . . . a fun read."  —Publishers Weekly"It's funny, it's moving, it works, and the worst thing I can say about McFetridge is that he appears to like Rush." —www.DetectivesBeyondBorders.blogspot.ca"Tumblin' Dice is a razor sharp riveting story with a very cool vibe. Loved it. Highly recommended." —www.SpineTinglerMag.com"John McFetridge is -- or should be -- a star in the world of crime fiction." —Toronto Sun (March 25, 2012)"He's the guy with just the right balance of grit, humour and rock’n’roll knowledge to do the job." —Toronto Star (March 24, 2012)"Each of John McFetridge's . . . novels have a rhythm to them, mixing taut dialogue, spare description and a dark sensibility with the cool calm of a master bass player." —National Post (April 6, 2012)About the AuthorJohn McFetridge is the coauthor of Below of the Line and author of Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Black Rock

Black Rock

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

An artfully told police procedural set in an explosive era in recent historyMontreal 1970. The "Vampire Killer" has murdered three women and a fourth is missing. Bombs explode in the stock exchange, McGill University, and houses in Westmount. Riots break out at the St. Jean Baptiste parade and at Sir George Williams University. James Cross and Pierre Laporte are kidnapped and the Canadian army moves onto the streets of Montreal.A young beat cop working out of Station Ten finds himself almost alone hunting the serial killer, as the rest of the force focuses on the FLQ crisis. Constable Eddie Dougherty, the son of a French mother and an Irish-Canadian father, decides to take matters into his own hands to catch the killer before he strikes again.Set against actual historical events, Black Rock is both a compelling page-turner and an accomplished novel in the style of Dennis Lehane.
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One or the Other

One or the Other

John McFetridge

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction

In the weeks before hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Montreal police are tightening security to prevent another catastrophe like the '72 games in Munich. But it isn't tight enough to stop nearly three million dollars being stolen in a bold daytime Brink's truck robbery. As the high-profile heist continues to baffle the police, Constable Eddie Dougherty gets a chance to prove his worth as a detective when he's assigned to assist the suburban Longueuil force in investigating the deaths of two teenagers returning from a rock concert across the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Were they mugged and thrown from the bridge? Or was it a murder-suicide?With tensions running high in the city and his future career at stake, Dougherty faces the limits of the force and of his own policing, and has to decide when to settle and when justice is the only thing that should be obeyed.
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