Fall from Grace-Wayne Arthurson

Fall from Grace

Wayne Arthurson

Forge, Aug 7 2012, $14.99

ISBN: 9780765324191


Canadian Leo Desroches knows his gambling led to his wife leaving with their kids.  He knows the alcohol costs him jobs.  Now he knows he got the Aboriginal Issues reporter position in Edmonton because of his mom the Cree and plans to keep it by avoiding his self-destructive behavior.


His editor assigns him to cover the homicide of a Native-Canadian prostitute strangled to death in an Alberta wheat field.  He completes his article, which causes a stir.  Leo follows up and soon concludes a serial killer is on the loose murdering Native-Canadian prostitutes who society prefers to be forgotten and the cops failed to connect the homicidal dots.  Desroches’ inquiry leads him to the Edmonton Police Service; only to have several cops abduct Leo.


Desroches is a fabulous protagonist who is a caring person wanting to do the right thing; but loses the battle to his addicted other side.  The whodunit is well written as readers obtain a slice of life in Alberta.  However, this is Desroches’ story as he snatches defeat from victory every time he veers towards success.


Harriet Klausner


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