Dimensions:8.5in x 5.5 x 0.8 in | 340 gr
Page Count:270 pages
Third instalment in the Nurse Linton, Detective Bellechasse mystery series, Serving Life takes us back to the Gursky Memorial where a mysterious doctor is medicating dementia patients. At the same time a serial killer stalks the streets of Montreal.
The third Nurse Annie Linton/Det. Sgt. Gilles Bellechasse Mystery.
A mysterious doctor is wandering the halls of the Emergency Department of the Gursky Memorial Hospital, providing medication to patients suffering from dementia. Annie is suspicious of his motives and is determined to identify the man. Her search kicks into high gear when some of the dementia patients die unexpectedly. Gilles is assigned to investigate the murder of a doctor who is in charge of a research lab at the Gursky. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Montreal, killing people apparently at random. Gilles and Annie team up to uncover the clues that link all the crimes and ultimately to solve them.
Richard King was co-owner of Montreal's Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal and served as President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. He has published five previous novels and two biographies. A books columnist on CBC, Montreal, he has volunteered in the emergency department of the Jewish General Hospital. He lives in Montreal.
"One of the key characteristics of good crime fiction writing is to avoid arbitrary coincidences by weaving plausibility into the déroulement of the narrative. King's writing is deeply rooted in plausibility, so much so that it reads like true crime non-fiction. As he introduces new twists to the plot, he provides strong frameworks around them, reinforcing their believability. ? Hommes de Lettres, food connoisseur, bon vivant, humanitarian ? Richard King will be missed by all who knew him. Montreal has lost a real Mensch." Ian Thomas Shaw, Ottawa Review of Books
"King masterfully uses a slick third-person narrative throughout his novel, shifting from character to character at exactly the right moment, giving readers the best seat in the house. (?) Banking on Life definitely belongs in the long line of Montreal detective novels, with its polished writing and rapid-paced action, all taking place in the well-known nooks and crannies of today's city." Sharon Morrisey, Montreal Review of Books
"King, a lively writer with fine storytelling skills. Readers who know Montreal will recognize neighbourhoods, streets and landmarks in A Stab at Life. Indeed, the city is as much a character as the nurse and the detective." Susan Schwartz, The Montreal Gazette.