ALAN ANNAND is a writer of crime fiction, offering an intriguing blend of mystery, suspense, thriller and occult genres. When he’s not dreaming up ingenious ways to kill people and thrill readers, he occasionally finds therapy in writing humor, short stories and faux book reviews. Before becoming a full-time novelist and scriptwriter, he worked as a technical writer for the railway industry, a corporate writer for private and public sectors, a human resources manager and an underground surveyor. Currently, he divides his time between writing in the AM, astrology in the PM, and meditation on the OM. For those who care, he’s an Aries with a dash of Scorpio. ALAN ANNAND: - Writer of mystery suspense novels. - Astrologer/palmist, trained in Western/Vedic astrology. - Amateur musician, agent provocateur and infomaniac. Websites: - Writing: www.sextile.com - Astrology: www.navamsa.com Books available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, etc: - Al-Quebeca (police procedural mystery thriller) - Antenna Syndrome (hard-boiled sci-fi mystery thriller) - Felonious Monk (New Age noir mystery thriller #2) - Harm’s Way (hardboiled mystery thriller) - Hide in Plain Sight (psychological mystery suspense) - Mutual Reception (western astrology text) - Parivartana Yoga (Vedic astrology text) - Scorpio Rising (New Age noir mystery thriller #1) - Soma County (New Age noir mystery thriller #3) - Specimen and Other Stories (short fiction) - Stellar Astrology (essays in Vedic astrology) Previously published five novels under pseudonyms with New York publishers: - Harm's Way (St.Martin's Press), by Aleister Foxx - Antenna Syndrome (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks - Skyraiders (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks - Bearknife Gold (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks - Commando Attack (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks Education: - BA, English Lit - BSc, Math & Physics - Diploma, British Faculty of Astrological Studies - Diploma, American College of Vedic Astrology Citizen of the world: - Lived in Montreal 26 yrs, Toronto 6 yrs - Lived in England one year - Traveled USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, Morocco, Lebanon, India, Thailand
Al-Quebecaby Alan Annand
Montreal, Quebec. Homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert military operations in Afghanistan, is dispatched to the scene of a fatal hit-and run during a January snowstorm. Defying easy resolution, the case launches her on a collision course with biker wars, arms smuggling by First Nations warriors and, unexpectedly,
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Montreal, Quebec. Homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert military operations in Afghanistan, is dispatched to the scene of a fatal hit-and run during a January snowstorm. Defying easy resolution, the case launches her on a collision course with biker wars, arms smuggling by First Nations warriors and, unexpectedly, a deadly terrorist plot.
For years the CIA has warned Canada’s Security Intelligence Service that Montreal, where almost one in four residents has ties to Muslim or Arabic-speaking homelands, is a hot-bed of Al-Qaeda sleeper cells awaiting the call to jihad.
Gillette, a talented young investigator on the fast track, carries a load of emotional baggage – father and brother both dead of unnatural causes, mother on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Despite her supportive relationship with an RCMP officer, Gillette suffers anxiety, self-doubt and fear of emotional commitments. Meanwhile, her desire to provide justice and closure for a young widow drives her to resolve the hit-and-run case.
In the course of their investigation, Gillette and her partner uncover a cadre of militant student activists, drug financiers, gun-runners and a rogue professor with a PhD in chemical toxicology, all with vague links to a shadowy figure known only as al-Quebeca.
Dispatched from Paris to strike America and its ally Canada, terrorist Mustafa Nadir is on a bold mission to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans. Even as his love for a woman is swept aside by his fanaticism, Gillette pursues him to a brutal confrontation.
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Good writing. Interesting story and characters.
This intense roller coaster mystery features a troubled female detective working a hit-and-run case that leads to a terror cell. Highly atmospheric setting of Montreal in winter. Engagingly realistic characters and a clever plot. It starts as a police procedural, shifts to suspense/thriller and winds up as an action joyride to a surprise ending. Right up there with Clancy and DeMille!
Very dry and boring. A long book and i struggled to get through it hoping itvl would somehow get interesting, but it never did. It jumped around too much between terrorists, biker gangs and back to terrorists and never really explaining anything. A lot of issues were brought up but never went back to or resolved. I would not recommend this at all.
By turns a police procedural murder mystery, then a suspense thriller, and in the end a pedal-to-the-metal action movie, AL-QUEBECA hits all the bases. Montreal homicide detective Sophie Gillette is emotionally wounded, fiercely competitive and authority-defiant in her pursuit of a case that quickly obsesses her. The characters (and the city) are deftly-drawn, the plot smokes and flares like a gasoline fire, while the overall premise is so realistic there’s a danger it’ll inspire real terrorists. Makes Scandinavian crime feel like a day at the sauna!
Good story, kept my interest.
OK, I chose this book because of it's name. Over the past 430 years I have made many trips to Montreal and I have traveled, on business, through much of the surrounding area, so I was familiar with the places and names in this read. I really liked the characters and wish that this was a series. Good plot twists and a bit of a warning as to what could develop with the rise of radical Islam.