A Killing Winter

A Killing Winter

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Baker & Taylor
Leo struggles to reconnect with his estranged son and fights his gambling addiction while becoming increasingly consumed by an undercover case involving a missing Native street kid who is found brutally murdered by gang members.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Baker
& Taylor

A sequel to Fall from Grace finds Leo struggling to reconnect with his estranged son and fighting his gambling addiction while becoming increasingly consumed by an undercover case involving a missing Native street kid who is found brutally murdered by gang members. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765324184
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ART
Characteristics: 283 p. ;,22 cm.

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jkovacs
Jan 24, 2015

I enjoyed this story very much. Having read Fall From Grace, it was interesting to how Leo's life has changed (or not changed in some cases). The story moves along at a quick pace and I will probably never look at a cheese grater again in the same way. The ending is quite a cliffhanger and I am anxiously waiting to find out what happens next for Leo.

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beckylunatic
May 08, 2012

It was a decent read, but I didn't enjoy this as much as the first Leo Desroches book. It was difficult to to credit that an active crime-beat journalist in Edmonton who'd spent time on the streets would have thought Native gangs were a myth, and there were other plot elements that didn't jive. Would have been interesting to see the murder from a police perspective, since autopsy results would have been quite revealing. Appears to be set in some kind of alternate-world Edmonton where the Cecil Hotel was never demolished, since setting is otherwise present-day.

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