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Beach Strip

by (author) John Lawrence Reynolds

Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443408141
    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
    List Price
    $22.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443410953
    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
    List Price
    $32.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443408158
    Publish Date
    Jul 2013
    List Price
    $13.99

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"I’d rather laugh in bad taste than cry in good taste."

That’s how Josie Marshall deals with the death of her detective husband, Gabe, found naked outside their home on the beach with a bullet in his brain. Everyone calls it suicide. Josie knows it isn’t . . . but fears it could be. After all, she had provided Gabe with a motive. The clues are so strong that even Josie begins to believe Gabe shot himself. But when a horrific slaying occurs literally at her feet, she knows Gabe was murdered, and her determination to prove it carries her toward dark corners of the beach strip and exposes the darker sides of its residents. Fending off her fears with humour and outrage, she encounters a drug-crazed drifter, an organized-crime boss with romance on his mind, a woman with a murderous past and a pervert who’s been frequenting her garden shed. When a chance remark leads Josie to the astonishing truth of Gabe’s death, her story takes a shocking turn that no one could have seen coming.

About the author

John Lawrence Reynolds has had thirty works of fiction and nonfiction published. His work has earned two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel, a National Business Book Award, and a CBC Bookie Award. His bestselling book Shadow People, tracing the development and influence of secret societies through history, was published in fourteen countries and twelve languages. He has also authored several business and investment books, including the bestselling The Naked Investor and its sequel, The Skeptical Investor, as well as his assessment of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts. A Murder for Max is his first book in the Maxine Benson Mystery series. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Judy. For more information, visit www.wryter.ca.

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Editorial Reviews

?John Lawrence Reynolds returns to the world of crime fiction with this terrific novel about a woman who refuses to believe that her husband committed suicide. It's witty, tense and gripping, and features a beautifully realized lead character in the shape of mouthy, stubborn Josie Marshall. The beach strip itself is a delight to wander, a character in itself.? “Peter Robinson, author of Before the Poison and Bad Boy

?John Lawrence Reynolds has created a micro-universe populated with characters that are real, sometimes tortured and always compelling. This is a great story, told by a great writer.? “Ian Hamilton, author of The Water Rat of Wanchai

?John Lawrence Reynolds delivers the goods and a sassy heroine pitted against gangsters, perverts and low-life characters in this superb murder mystery that never takes its finger off the trigger.? “John Farrow, author of River City and City of Ice

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