Michael Blair

The Dells

The Dells-Front

There were things Joe Shoe missed about Toronto; August was not one of them.

For Shoe, the return to his family home in north Toronto is more than just a trip down memory lane. No sooner does he arrive in his old neighbourhood than he is drawn into a murder that took place in the ravine behind his parents’ home. The victim is a man who lived in the neighbourhood 35 years earlier—and who moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was ultimately murdered. The police investigation, and Shoe’s own inquiries, becomes intensely personal, as old friends, girlfriends, even family members seem to have connections to the victim, and reasons to want him dead.

The Dells is the second book in the Joe Shoe series, a sequel to A Hard Winter Rain, except that it’s set in Toronto rather than Vancouver. Here’s what the critics had to say:

“Insightful and evocative ... with a tone reminiscent of ... To Kill a Mockingbird.” — Sherbrooke Record

“Complex, thoughtful and disturbing...” — Calgary Herald

“Blair ... has a clean, compelling style ... bodes well for more.” — London Free Press

“Deftly written, character portraits neatly drawn, tense plotting — all elements of a good story.” — Hamilton Spectator

“This is a good one.” — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

“A writer worth watching.” — The Record

Get it in paper or electrons at Amazon, Chapters-Indigo or the Apple iBookstore.

The Dells: A Joe Shoe Mystery
Dundurn Press
ISBN: 978-7-55002-725-5
$12.99 CAN/US

Click here to read an excerpt.