It’s July 1975 and Dave Rogers has just landed his first reporting job at the Granby Leader Mail. Having grown up in Montreal, it’s not a part of Quebec’s Eastern Townships he knows very well, despite having been born there. Amidst the stories of little old ladies turning 100, petty thefts and small town politics, Dave soon finds himself covering real news. But before long he’s raised the ire of the local crime boss, the mother of a cattle thief, and an English rights vigilante group. Not to mention the mysterious characters who seem to be watching his every move, or the father he barely remembers who haunts his dreams. There are longstanding scores to be settled, but extracting truth from the lies pushes Dave to the limits of what he can, and can’t, live with.
About the author
Maurice J. O. Crossfield was born and raised in Quebec's Eastern Townships, beginning his career as a daily newspaper reporter at The Sherbrooke Record, where he stayed in the trenches for nearly 15 years. He then went on to be a contributor and eventually Editor—in—Chief for the Harrowsmith Publications. When he's not writing he has held a wide variety of jobs, from forestry work to auto mechanic, organic gardener to truck driver. He lives in the village of West Brome with his wife, musician and artist Sarah Biggs, and their collection of dogs and cats.
His last book, The Granby Liar (2017), is into its second printing.
“I half expected a benefit dance at the Legion to help out a young family displaced by fire, but this is not your warm and fuzzy Eastern Townships. This is a place of secrets and long histories, an off-island Wild West. The seventies setting is the perfect era for this smokey, leaded gas, ink-stained tale, and it establishes a compelling atmosphere of both nostalgia and dread in which the vivid action and characters take place. I think Maurice has successfully created a new genre: Townships noir.” Ross Murray, former journalist for the Stanstead Journal, author, and contributor to the humour column at both the Sherbrooke Record and CBC radio.