Synopses & Reviews
Constable Eddie Dougherty returns in this gripping police procedural
Montreal, Labour Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and Constable Eddie Dougherty witnesses the deaths of 37 people. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed and two million dollars worth of paintings are stolen. Against the backdrop of these historic events, Dougherty discovers the body of a murdered young man on Mount Royal. As he tries to prove he has the stuff to become a detective, he is drawn into the world of American draft dodgers and deserters, class politics, and organized crime.
A Little More Free, the second Eddie Dougherty mystery, presents a portrait of a city and an officer trying to find out where they stand in a divisive and rapidly changing world.
"This terrific continuation of the narrative McFetridge began in Black Rock opens with a bang. Constable Eddie Dougherty is on the scene of Montreal's infamous Blue Bird CafÃ© fire in 1972. McFetridge sets the mystery within layers of that era's history: the legendary Canada-U.S.S.R. Hockey Summit Series, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts heist, and the flood of Vietnam War draft dodgers. As Dougherty investigates the fire and heist, plus the unsolved death of a U.S. deserter, he discovers his own growing unease with the job's shaded-gray morality: 'He was feeling how a homicide investigation could get under his skin, how the idea that someone who beat a man to death could be walking around the city like nothing happened... he was starting to understand how little it had to do with being his job.' As with Black Rock, McFetridge's Montreal is a full character, a persistently tense bilingual city where the Anglophone Dougherty can size up a room by observing which kinds of cigarettes are being smoked. Working with a deceptively simple style that echoes Joseph Wambaugh, McFetridge has delivered an unpredictable mystery, a fine character study, and a vivid snapshot of 1972 Montreal. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This terrific continuation of the narrative McFetridge began in Black Rock opens with a bang
Working with a deceptively simple style that echoes Joseph Wambaugh, McFetridge has delivered an unpredictable mystery, a fine character study, and a vivid snapshot of 1972 Montreal." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
John McFetridge first became fascinated with crime when attending a murder trial at age 12 with his police officer brother. After studying writing at Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre, McFetridge worked on film sets before writing screenplays and five novels, including four in his Toronto series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family.