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published: Oct 2013
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Kirk's Landing

by Mike Young

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list price: $13.95
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Oct 2013
ISBN:9780988104860
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Dave, an undercover cop, is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a biker gang meeting. Forced to hide out as detachment commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, his only goal is to continue as a loner and lay low for a year. He learns it's hard to stay a loner in a small town, though, especially with everyone eager to meet him and enlist his help with their version of the local issues. Dave finds his detective instincts pulling him into an unsolved disappearance, corruption in the local high tech paper mill, and pollution of the local lakes and rivers. When Dave tries to use his invisibility to help him in his investigations he discovers there are darker forces at work—forces that are now targeting him, changing him. It's now up to his friends to decide if he can be saved in time.

Contributor Notes

Mike was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve.He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. He moved down south in his 20's to follow a career in quality management, but his real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto he also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there that saw its potential as a community building exercise.He'd always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement he decided to try writing, and hasn't stopped since. This is his first book, but he has several more drafts waiting in the wings.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 100
Grade:
6 to 17
Editorial Review

Mike Young’s lean, strong writing helps to propel this wide-ranging story quickly along. I read it in one sitting!!! — John Workman, OttawaKirk's Landing has everything that a story needs — three-dimensional characters, diverse cultures and customs, and enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning. — Joyce Juzwik, Olive Branch, MississippiTruly a page turner! All the clues lead to mystery beneath a benign looking village for the reluctant hero. — Pat MacLeod, Ottawa, Ontario

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Kirks Landing

Kirks’ Landing, the debut novel of Ottawa author Mike Young, launches the story of RCMP undercover officer Dave Browne whose cover is blown leading to his reassignment to a detachment in a small Manitoba town to get away from a vengeful drug gang in Toronto. Intending to spend a year staying out of trouble, Dave gets drawn into investigating a suspicious disappearance and grumblings about corruption and pollution linked to the paper mill, the town’s main employer. Dave also has to contend with the degradation of his special talent to fade from sight by a spirit that is making him increasingly violent.
The book offers plenty for the crime and mystery fans who like to follow police work and the solving of crimes. There’s also a strong current of First Nations’ spiritualism in the story. As well, the author captures the political tensions of a remote, one industry town, the politics behind a large government grant for the mill, and the uneasy relationship between First Nations and non-natives. There’s also a slow building romance between Dave and JB, who has returned to Kirks Landing after a failed attempt at university to try to find her missing father. Young concludes the novel with an unexpected twist for romance fans, which suggests we haven’t heard the last of Dave and JB.

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