Short-listed for the 2011 Shamus Awards
Deadly nightshade – the poison plant par excellence – and in historic Quebec City at an important scientific conference concerning the genetic manipulation of trees it means murder!
Police, RCMP, and a mysterious FBI agent from Washington converge on the scene. But the sharpest eye belongs to Sam Montcalm, a despised "bedroom snooper" from Ottawa whose primary concern is to clear a First Nations activist of the crime. Sam is middle-aged, tough, and sophisticated, yet he’s also a lone wolf who feels displaced nearly everywhere, and his relations with his colleagues, the police – and with women – are always complicated. "You’re a psychic wound without a health card," a friend comments
The story moves to its surprising climax as Montcalm follows the trail of murder back to Canada’s capital and into the Gatineau Hills, his deep sense of cynicism about human nature confirmed as he closes in on the killer and struggles to come to terms with himself.
About the author
Tom Henighan is the author of 17 published books, including Mercury Man, shortlisted for the Red Maple Award; Viking Quest and Viking Terror, two historical novels set in medieval Canada; and more recently, Demon in My View and Doom Lake Holiday. In 2008 he was awarded the Victor Tolgesy Prize for lifetime contribution to the arts in Ottawa, where he lives.
- Short-listed, Shamus Awards
Henighan's exploration of environmental concerns is timely, lively, sincere
London Free Press
This first mystery from Henighan introduces Ottawa snooper Sam Montcalm, and its a solid debut.
The Globe and Mail
Tom Henighan has crafted a multi-layered story with a very human, very imperfect protagonist, a wonderful descriptive writing style, and a tale of crime and passion for our times.
Mystery Maven Canada
Montcalm is modern and sensitive, espousing Henighans own values concerning the environment and development.
Unfolding Arts in Ottawa
This is a slick little mystery set in Quebec City and Ottawa, with an engaging PI who looks destined to return in a seriesThis one is lots of fun.
The Globe and Mail
Other titles by Tom Henighan
Natural Space In Literature
Imagination and Environment in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Fiction and Poetry
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–30
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas / William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Canadian Adventurers and Explorers Bundle
David Thompson / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Samuel de Champlain / John Franklin / George Simpson / Phyllis Munday
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–25
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas
Viking Quest Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide
The Boy from Left Field