No Straight Thing

No Straight Thing

by F. Nelson Smith


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Depression Era Alberta is miserable and cruel, but WWI vet, Fergus Muir and his father are getting by. Plagued by guilt and memories of war, Fergus goes through life detached and cynical until he meets a young girl, Cat Perkins, who is the spitting image of his late wife.

Cat watches helplessly as her family disintegrates. Everyone she cares for is vanishing before her eyes, leaving her all alone. When Cat gets into trouble, Fergus is driven to explore the shadier side of their small town, uncover vagrancy, violence, and hypocrisy, to find the person responsible for the murder of a man he owes his very life to.

If Fergus travels the path to help Cat and himself, he must face his darkest nightmares head on. Can loyalty overcome the corrupting power of guilt?

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ISBN-13: 9781775074106
Publisher: Bear Hill Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2018
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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No Straight Thing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Hownow More than 1 year ago
As the characters develop and the story unfolds you are magnetically drawn in to the suspense, the drama, the relationships, the heartaches, the joys and the trials and tribulations of life in Southern Alberta at the time of the great depression circa 1929-1934. Life was tough, money was scarce and lives were challenged. This is a story of intrigue, of love, of life, of suspense, of sadness and happiness. The writing flows seamlessly in well- structured chapters and the author has developed the characters’ personalities with deep insight and emotion. Best to read it and let all the mystery unfold. Nothing needs to be revealed here! It is all there to be discovered!! So curl up in your favourite chair with your favourite beverage and favourite snacks close at hand and prepare to not want to get up until you have to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for it’s historical take on the Great Depression. From the first chapter, I became immersed in the characters and strong story line. My great uncle was involved in World War 1 and the scenes dealing with Fergus’s experience explained a lot of my own family’s recollections of a changed man after he came home from France. The story has many plot twists and surprises in Cat’s storyline and made me think more about how the Depression affected children and shaped their attitudes into adulthood. I really liked this book and look forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say about this book other than I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was interested in it because of the setting in prairie Alberta, close to where I live, during the Great Depression. This book had me by the nuts, so to speak, from the first page, and I couldn't function in my day to day life until it was done. It was a satisfying murder mystery but with more developed characters that you don't always find in books of its ilk. It also provides deep and gritty insight into Depression Era and I learned things I never knew before. Very well-researched and tugged maliciously at my heartstrings, with some sweet and "Hell yeah" moments to boot. Definitely recommend to anyone who loves to read, especially mysteries and/or historical fiction.