One-man Canadian crime wave

19 Sep

AA & halloween handsThey call me Canada’s answer to Dan Brown and Michael Connelly. They are my parents. They’re biased, but also great fans of mystery, suspense and thrillers. They fed me a diet of Elmore Leonard, Michael Crichton and Nelson DeMille.

I write novels that offer a cocktail of action, mystery, suspense, thriller, humor and literary pretension. Think of me as Canada’s answer to Larsson, Mankell and Nesbo. Or Hemingway and Spillane mixed in the same highball. Beaten, not whipped.

One reviewer called Harm’s Way the closest thing yet to being the classic Canadian hard-boiled mystery. Set in Montreal, it showcases Lee Harms, a hardened man with a tender heart, in a case involving a local politician’s runaway daughter.

In Hide in Plain Sight, a mystery/suspense, a man impersonates his dead twin to conceal that his own bipolar wife killed him. But sharing a bed with his brother’s wife gives him a libidinous fever, and now someone else wants to kill him.

My New Age Noir series features Axel Crowe, an investigator who uses astrology, palmistry and other tricks learned from his guru. One reviewer called him Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope … who also knows martial arts and plays blues guitar.

Scorpio Rising presents Crowe a three-way murder whose wealthy victims across the USA all have beneficiaries with alibis. From New York to Frisco and the badlands of New Mexico, the trail ends where it began – in the heart of a frustrated writer.

In Felonious Monk Crowe investigates a reporter’s murder at an ashram. His search uncovers a series of Manhattan rape-murders going back 12 years, with connections to sex trafficking, drug smuggling and the theft of an ancient golden Buddha.

Al-Quebeca is a wintertime police procedural. Montreal detective Sophie Gillette investigates a fatal hit-and-run, only to discover a terrorist plot to assassinate a governor, disable the electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans.

And in a mash-up of genres, Antenna Syndrome dips Raymond Chandler into sci-fi to send up the hard-boiled genre. In a post-apocalyptic New York, an investigator searches for a kidnapped artist fascinated with insects. What a buzz!


Jeremy Irons (b. September 19): “Sadly, one’s parameters are constantly narrowed…”

19 Sep


“Sadly, one’s parameters are constantly narrowed by one’s success.”

~ Jeremy Irons, b. 19 Sept 1948

Gret Garbo (b. September 18): “Life would be wonderful if only…”

18 Sep

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“Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.”

~ Greta Garbo, b. 18 Sept 1905

Ken Kesey (b. September 17): “The sixties aren’t over…”

17 Sep


“The sixties aren’t over; they won’t be over until the Fat Lady gets high.”

~ Ken Kesey, b. 17 Sept 1935

BB King (b. September 16): “We all have idols…”

16 Sep

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“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.”

~ BB King, b. 16 Sept 1925

Asian wisdom: Man who live in glass house…

15 Sep


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Tommy Lee Jones (b. September 15): “Characters with no integrity are interesting…”

15 Sep


“Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity.”

~ Tommy Lee Jones, b. 15 September 1946


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