The October Five

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A Plumber, an Electrician, a Caretaker, a Locksmith, and a Butcher.

Why do they secretly meet in a room?

Veteran Detective Karl Whaler is thrown into an ...
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Overview


A Plumber, an Electrician, a Caretaker, a Locksmith, and a Butcher.

Why do they secretly meet in a room?

Veteran Detective Karl Whaler is thrown into an investigation that may be the strangest and most dangerous of his career, involving the brutal murder of a young man.  The man is found strangled in his bed.

Unknown to him, five individuals frequently meet in a room.  They have been meeting for decades.

During the course of the investigation another man is found murdered.  This time the victim's throat has been slashed.

Is there a link between the two victims? Can Whaler solve the cases before there are any more murders?

The October Five is a spiraling page-turner that examines friendship, loyalty, and justice.

approx. 68,500 words
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  • ISBN-13: 9781551281476
  • Publisher: Mercury Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mobashar Qureshi was born in Nigeria in 1978. When he was a boy, his family moved to Karachi, and shortly after to Toronto, where he now resides. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics. He is currently at work on his second novel.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    The October Five

    The murder of a young man have the police searching for his killer. The police keep searching for his killer even when the case gets cold and leads to an interesting story of a group of men who served together in the Vietnam War.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    The October Five

    Some might call this book a mystery. I'm inclined not to because whodunit, the key element in a typical mystery, is apparent early in the book. Yet there is still plenty of mystery. The questions of why the murders were committed, will the police catch the culprits, even whether the reader wants the murderers caught are unanswered questions - mysteries in a way. Then, near the end, some additional mysteries crop up.

    The above is a part of what I liked about this book. It is also an example of what I was thinking of when I discuss indie authors in the "why Indies" page of this blog. Something that is different from the typical formula and takes risks is much more likely found among Indies. What this book does differently is take a couple different formulas and combines elements from each. In most books who you should root for is obvious. It might be the criminal trying to pull off the bank robbery or it might be the detective trying to catch him. In "The October Five," it isn't clear. The author doesn't try swaying the reader toward any of the choices, nor while reading, did I ever decide. The ending has no clear winner either although there are some definite losers. Yet, somehow, the ending was still satisfying. Maybe because real life is seldom clear cut and unambiguous either.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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