About the Book
Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer's field in rural eastern Ontario.
Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover the victim had a dark secret--one that may endanger others in the community as well.
For young and enthusiastic Detective Constable Kevin Walker, the chance to work with Ellie March is an honour, until the situation turns ugly and unexpected betrayal threatens to destroy his promising career.
Sorrow Lake sure lives up to its name.
- In the 1960s, there was a horrific boating accident when a guy ran into the dock, killing himself and all of the children on board.
- In the 1970s, in one of the lakefront cottages, a man shot his wife and five kids to death, then killed himself.
- In the 1980s, an elderly couple, who lived at the lake year round, were killed by two looters who were robbing all of the deserted cottages during a January blizzard, not expecting to find them there.
The dreadful list goes on and on.
So when the town's used car salesman turns up stone cold dead in a farmer's field, it's not like the tiny Canadian hamlet of under 35,000 people hasn't witnessed a tragedy like this before.
It's so cold that the body has to be thawed out before the natural process of rigor mortis can begin. It's only November and it's already below zero. The lake is frozen over. Snow is falling. And warm winter clothes are a necessity.
Sorrow Lake is an area filled with rough-looking characters. The police even believe that half the hillbillies in the township are capable of shooting down an unarmed man in cold blood.
But when Ellie March is called in to head the investigation, she's ready to do battle with the harsh conditions she's up against. She's used to traveling between rural jurisdictions nestled in tiny hamlets and villages over a territory spread out over 2,100 square kilometers. With meagre resources at her disposal, her car becomes the most important weapon she has, and she doesn't plan on getting stuck in a snowdrift any time soon, like she did when she was a young constable just starting out.
Much to her chagrin, she finds that she actually likes Sorrow Lake. It's silence. It's solitude. It's natural beauty. But as a seasoned detective, she knows that all is not as it seems, that what goes on behind the walls of these isolated country homes, is no less dangerous or disturbing than what goes on in the big cities. There are secrets hidden here, ones she intends to unearth, along with the partner assigned to her—local bloke, Kevin Walker.
When they do eventually put the killer away, Ellie decides to put down roots and make Sorrow Lake her permanent home. Because for the first time, she has found a place that makes her feel really and truly happy.
Which makes her do something, that up until then, Kevin has never seen her do—smile.
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Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $19.99 paperback
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: April 30, 2015
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About the Author
Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) with a major in English Literature from Trent University in Peterborough, and a Master of Arts in English from Queen's University in Kingston, ON.
He served as Production Editor of Criminal Reports (Third Series) at Carswell Legal Publications (Western), where he was also Co-ordinator of Law Reports, before joining Canada Customs, now the Canada Border Services Agency. While at CBSA he was a training specialist, project officer, and national program manager before leaving public service to write novels full time.
Mike now lives and writes in Oxford Station, Ontario. He is married to supernatural novelist Lynn L. Clark. They have one son.
Mike is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Horror Writers Association.
He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man. His most recent novel, Sorrow Lake, is the first book of his new March and Walker Crime Novel series set in eastern Ontario, Canada.
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