March 29th, 2011/ ISBN 978-0765324177
by Susan Johnson
Leo Desroches considered himself a fortunate man. His gambling
addictions and drinking had left him homeless on the streets without
a job until a friend and former co-worker gave him the second chance
he so desperately needed.
Now ,Leo is a reporter for the local paper and clearly devoted
to his work. Admittedly, he still feels the need to gamble but he
has found a rather strange way to deal with that.
As the story opens Leo is called to the scene of a murdered prostitute.
In a dark and remote muddied field, one of the policemen Leo has
made friends with allows him to go inside the crime scene. What
he observes there sparks in him a need to make this story special.
He wants it to stand out.
The young victim is a Native American girl. Leo is half Native
American and has seen how these victims are often overlooked
Not far into the story Leo realizes that this may be a serial killer
that has escaped detection by choosing woman on the fringes and
it appears the local police force may be involved.
It was hard to believe that this book was Wayne Arthurson’s
first novel. The timing, the setting and the little twist at the
end spoke of a much more experienced writer. I eagerly await his
next novel. Hope he continues using the character of Leo Desroches,
he is quite likeable.