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ECW Press Spring 2018 Trade

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Tin Men
A Crime Novel
By (author): Mike Knowles
9781770414228 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural Apr 10, 2018
$18.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.75 x 0.71 in 312 pages ECW Press

Three crooked cops going straight after a murderer

Woody was working on getting high when the phone rang. Dennis was on a date — it was a date he paid for, but a date all the same. Os had blood on his hands from a little extracurricular law enforcement. All three men picked up their phones because they were cops, and cops are never really off-duty — not even when they’re crooked.

Detective Julie Owen was savagely killed in her own bed, and the unborn child she was carrying is nowhere to be found. The grisly crime has the brass breathing down the necks of the three detectives tasked with finding Julie’s killer. Woody, Dennis, and Os each shared a bond with Julie that went deeper than the blue of their uniforms and have their own reasons to want to find the person responsible for her murder. Secrets drive the investigation — secrets that need to stay buried long enough to solve the case.

Mike Knowles lives in Hamilton with his wife, children, and dog. He has written six novels in the critically acclaimed Wilson series: Darwin’s Nightmare, Grinder, In Plain Sight, Never Play Another Man’s Game, The Buffalo Job, and Rocks Beat Paper.


“A memorably coldhearted case that offers abundant evidence for the grim proposition that ‘not every cop is dirty, but the good ones are.’” — Kirkus Reviews

“The story was fast-paced, the writing good . . . the mystery kept me engaged.” — Uniquely Portable Magic

Tin Men is storytelling on steroids . . . It is first rate mystery writing with an edge that will leave the reader wanting more.” — The Bay Observer

“Knowles brings the same eye for detail in these new characters that has made the Wilson novels so popular, turning them from stereotypes into humanly flawed people. And the story is downright gripping, even when the darkness begins to feel overwhelming. Readers biding their time between novels by Dennis Lehane and Don Winslow should check out Knowles.” — Booklist

“Knowles takes a break from Wilson, the hard-edged anti-hero from his past six novels, and proves he can write police just as well as he can criminals . . . overall the novel is a dark, effective story that should please fans of world-weary police procedurals such as Ed McBain's classic 87th Precinct series.” — Publishers Weekly


"The tension will ease only when breathless readers turn the very last page. Knowles builds for impact and speed." Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Rocks Beat Paper

"Combining the intense grit of Richard Stark's Parker series with the amorality of Jim Thompson's work, Knowles once again delivers a heady brew of tough-guy dialogue, byzantine plots, vibrant characters, and a protagonist who believes only in 'an I for an I.'" Publishers Weekly, starred review of Rocks Beat Paper

"This is a very good entry in a very good series." Booklist on The Buffalo Job

"I must ask once more why Mike Knowles is not a bigger star. His lead character, the professional thief Wilson, is clearly in the vein of Richard Stark's Parker but very much his own man and criminal, a little more reluctant and a little more pissed off when the proverbial crap hits the fan. The extra bonus of The Buffalo Job is that the Stradivarius heist echos a real-life case from months earlier while being smarter, funnier, and more violent." National Post on The Buffalo Job

"Wilson owes much to Parker, the one-named robber/murderer in the late Donald E. Westlake's riveting series written under the pen name of Richard Stark. If Knowles's work hasn't yet climbed to Stark territory, he's confidently on his way. His plotting is even more intricate than Stark's. . . Wilson offers readers a highly entertaining textbook on the tricky and often violent art of identifying and stealing the world's most priceless jewelry." Toronto Star on Rocks Beat Paper

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