A man, hanging from a tree at the edge of the forest that surrounds Dockerty, Newry County, has been shot with arrows, two of which pin his belly to the tree trunk. Orwell Brennan, Dockerty’s chief of police, questions the validity of it being a hunting accident when a sergeant tells him it’s been ruled a murder. He also tells the chief that the investigation is now in the hands of Metro Homicide and outside his concern. But Orwell has never listened much to those telling him to mind his own business, and this case has far too many unanswered questions. Orwell decides he can’t, and won’t, let it go until he knows what really happened—no matter whose toes he steps on. With a fast-paced, cinematic narrative, this murder mystery introduces a take-no-prisoners police chief whose determination unearths some better-left-alone secrets.
Marc Strange is the author of Body Blows and Sucker Punch and the cocreator of the hit television Series The Beachcombers, the longest-running Series drama in Canadian television history. He lives in Toronto.
"Take nothing for granted in this smoothly written Series debut from Edgar [winner] Strange, who springs out several surprises." —Library Journal
"This excellent first in a new Series from Edgar finalist Strange pits a formidable Canadian police chief, Orwell Brennan, against clever criminals and rival law enforcement agencies. . . . Readers will appreciate the freshly drawn setting, especially the farms and woods outside Dockerty, as well as the vivid characters capable of startling revelations." —Publishers Weekly, starred review