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"Bullets squared everything. Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate. Wilson held up his end of the bargain and stayed off the grid for two years. Two years of peace until a man came calling. The man brought a gun and a woman in his trunk. Thousands of miles from home, Wilson learns that the city doesn't let go so easily. The city is more than bricks; it is a machine running on the blood of hard men and women. The hardest man in the city remembers Wilson and he will stop at nothing to get him back." A dangerous mobster's

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Grinder: A Mystery

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Overview

"Bullets squared everything. Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate. Wilson held up his end of the bargain and stayed off the grid for two years. Two years of peace until a man came calling. The man brought a gun and a woman in his trunk. Thousands of miles from home, Wilson learns that the city doesn't let go so easily. The city is more than bricks; it is a machine running on the blood of hard men and women. The hardest man in the city remembers Wilson and he will stop at nothing to get him back." A dangerous mobster's nephews are missing and the only suspects are his lieutenants. Wilson is pulled back to once again work under the radar - to quietly find out who is responsible, so it can be settled with screams. Wilson is back to being what he was. He's a grinder again. All bets are off and before he's done - everyone will pay.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Razor-edged prose and a sympathetic antihero lift Knowles's no-holds-barred crime thriller, the sequel to Darwin's Nightmare (2008), which introduced the mob enforcer known only as Wilson. Wilson has left behind the person he was in Hamilton, Ont., where he worked for mob boss Paolo Donati. He's found a new life on Prince Edward Island as a hired hand on a fishing boat. Unfortunately, after Wilson's attempt to aid a dying politician results in his photo being splashed across Canadian front pages, Donati sends a thug to find him. Though Wilson is easily able to dispatch his tracker, he realizes he can't further endanger the people he has come to care for in his new community. He returns to Hamilton to locate those responsible for the disappearance of Donati's nephews. While not for those uncomfortable with gore, readers who like their mean streets really mean will be thoroughly satisfied. (Oct.)
January Magazine
The action is hard and raw and savage, and the characters are about as deliciously nasty as you'd expect.
Mystery Scene
The action is straight, hard, and fast, and the characters are as sharply etched as this stuff gets.
Driven Magazine
This is a good first novel, particularly as a counterweight to the often flaccid mysteries this country produces. Crime fans will enjoy the book and should watch for [Knowles'] next offering.
Library Journal
Trained hit man and problem solver Wilson (Darwin's Nightmare) comes out of forced retirement to help his old crime boss find his missing nephews. Wilson meets the mean streets of Toronto and some of the ugliest bad guys in crime fiction. VERDICT Knowles combines nonstop action with gritty violence to hold the reader's attention. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries.
Crimespree
Picture perfect hardboiled writing. Knowles has a real grasp of the underbelly running under society and his characters all breath with authentic boozy cigarette breath. A great read and a great new voice.
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"Razor-edged prose and a sympathetic antihero lift Knowles's no-holds-barred crime thriller."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Verdict: Knowles combines nonstop action with gritty violence to hold the reader's attention. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries."  —Library Journal

"With lots of action and tension and plenty of dialogue, Wilson's story moves along rapidly as he struggles to cut his ties to the past."  —Booklist

"This is a good first novel, particularly as a counterweight to the often flaccid mysteries this country produces. Crime fans will enjoy the book and should watch for [Knowles'] next offering."  —Driven Magazine

"The action is hard and raw and savage, and the characters are about as deliciously nasty as you'd expect."  —January Magazine

"[Knowles] is a good atmospheric writer and he has the lingo down."  —Globe & Mail

"Grinder displays some nascent storytelling chops and a viable future for the Hamilton schoolteacher."  —Winnipeg Free Press

"The action is straight, hard, and fast, and the characters are as sharply etched as this stuff gets."  —Mystery Scene

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554905461
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • File size: 261 KB

Meet the Author


Mike Knowles is the author of Darwin's Nightmare. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
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