"A powerful ride through the dark and raw of Montreal. Temperance Brennan would feel right at home." --Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan and Tory Brennan series.
"Saints, villains, the homeless and the powerful are held in winter’s suspenseful grip, as are readers as Luc Vanier struggles to unravel who is killing whom and why before the murder count climbs higher. In a riveting new series, Peter Kirby reveals Montreal at the worst of times, its underbelly exposed and dire forces at play." --John Farrow,
author of City of Ice and River City.
"Taut. Claustrophobic. Compelling. A chilling tale--in every sense of the word. Peter Kirby's story of murder and its machinations tightens around the reader like a noose." --Will Ferguson, author of 419.
"A ferociously crafted piece of crime fiction of how the dark, mean streets of downtown Montreal make victims out of its most helpless citizens." --Stuart Nulman, The West End Times.
Inspector Luc Vanier is drinking his way through Christmas Eve when he is called out to investigate the murder of five homeless people. His investigation takes him into the back rooms of the Catholic Church, the boardrooms of Montreal’s business élite, and the soup kitchens and back-alleys of street life in winter.
Vanier’s Montreal is a seething mix of competing forces bumping up against each other on a shared island; a schizophrenic community where conflicting economic interests, languages, and ethnic groups vie for space. The novel focuses on the most vulnerable of those communities, the homeless. Nobody sets out with the ambition of sleeping alone in some doorway, or under a tarpaulin in an alley. But everyone who ends up there is someone’s son or daughter, and, maybe, someone’s father or mother.
In 2010, an earlier manuscript of The Dead of Winter was shortlisted for the Unhanged Arthur Award for best unpublished manuscript by the Crime Writers of Canada.
The Dead of Winter will be published by Linda Leith Publishing on October 13, 2012.