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Border City Blues

by (author) Michael Januska

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2015
Historical, Hard-Boiled, Historical
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    Publish Date
    May 2015
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    May 2015
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It's the winter of 1923 and the border towns are under a deep freeze, with ferries ice-bound in the Detroit River, snow burying the streets, and power interruptions. Prohibition is still the backdrop to daily life, but opium smuggling and human trafficking are a pair of disturbing additions to the mix.


In a failed attempt at transporting whisky across the Detroit River, a grim find is brought to the surface. When one of Detective Campbell's late-night walks is abruptly interrupted by a loud crash and a grisly thump, he summons his colleague Dr. Laforet to help with the case. Soon both cops and rumrunners are racing to connect the dots.

With a whisper of the occult in the chill Windsor air, Campbell and Laforet are caught up in another mystery.

About the author

Michael Januska was born in Windsor, Ontario. He has worked with books his whole life, both as a bookseller and for several book publishing companies. Stories from Januska's Prohibition-era series of novels and short stories have won the Scene of the Crime short story prize. The previous Border City Blues book is Riverside Drive. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

The second in Michael Januska’s Border City Blues series is as slick as his debut.

Globe and Mail

The book amply demonstrates that Riverside Drive was no fluke. Fans of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire need to check this one out right away.

Booklist (Chicago, IL)

This is an exciting, stylishly written piece of Prohibition-era historical crime fiction with an occult element and an array of memorable characters.

Publishers Weekly

[B]old and bewildering . . .

London Free Press

...there’s enough character in McCloskey to lead to a second tale. This is a writer to watch.

Globe and Mail

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