The Dells: A Joe Shoe Mystery

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For Joe Shoe, the return to his family home in north Toronto is more than just a trip down memory lane; it's also a visit to a crime scene. No sooner has Shoe arrived in his old neighbourhood than he discovers that police are investigating a murder in the ravine near his home. And the murder victim is a man who lived in the neighbourhood 35 years earlier — and who moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was ultimately ...

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Overview

For Joe Shoe, the return to his family home in north Toronto is more than just a trip down memory lane; it's also a visit to a crime scene. No sooner has Shoe arrived in his old neighbourhood than he discovers that police are investigating a murder in the ravine near his home. And the murder victim is a man who lived in the neighbourhood 35 years earlier — and who moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was ultimately murdered.

The police investigation, and Shoe's own inquiries, becomes intensely personal, as old friends, girlfriends, and even family members seem to have a connection to the murder victim, and reasons to want him dead. Compelling, deeply emotional, and at times even disturbing, The Dells is an accomplished novel by one of Canada's rising stars of crime fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

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Complex, thoughtful and disturbing; this a is a good reminder that you may be able to go home again, but you just might not want to. Calgary Herald

... a powerful book about revenge, motives, and whether justice was served and why.

Shelf Life

The unexpected twists and turns lead to a page-turning conclusion. Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Michael Blair's latest novel, his fourth mystery and best book to date, has an exciting blend of dead bodies, decades-old secrets and unusual characters. Waterloo Region Record

Jim Napier
In the past few years Michal Blair has matured into one of Canada's most accomplished crime writers, with a confident hand and a strong voice. The Dells is an insightful and evocative tale, with a tone reminiscent of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird; I recommend it highly.
Jim Napier Sherbrooke Record
In the past few years Michal Blair has matured into one of Canada's most accomplished crime writers, with a confident hand and a strong voice. The Dells is an insightful and evocative tale, with a tone reminiscent of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird; I recommend it highly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550027525
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: A Joe Shoe Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,177,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Blair is a freelance technical writer/editor living in Montreal. The Dells is his fourth mystery, and the second in his Joe Shoe Mystery series. The first, A Hard Winter Rain, was published by Dundurn in 2004. His first book, If Looks Could Kill, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies prize in 1999 and shortlisted for the 2001 Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Prize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Elise ((Clara))

    *applauds* Very nice! I usually find a complaint easily from the first paragraph, but this was interesting, descriptive, and had minimal errors! Continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    A reviewer

    A lively tale of murder, filled with characters to love and hate, when childhood friends and enemies meet once again. Keeps you guessing until the end. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Violet

    Mind= BLOWN!!! I could never reach the length that your chapters get. My longest chapter ever is probably 5 pages. And your's is... what? 22 pages? Wow. Just... wow. And if you want constructive critism, ask someone else. This story is to good to be helped anymore. You are a natural born writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Dauntless - 1 Continued By //Invisably_Beautiful\\

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    "Brad."
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    "What?"
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    "Brad," he said. "My name isn't Chip. It's Brad."
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    Phylum rolled her eyes. "Whatever." She lowered her head and shoved past him as the late bell rang.
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    Another day, another fight, another tardy.

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