Booklist reviews new McFetridge mystery
A man from the Middle East falls 25 stories and lands on the hood of a BMW SUV. Homicide or suicide? The case falls to Toronto police detective Gord Bergeron and his new partner, Armstrong. Soon after, a female torso, sans head, legs, and arms, is discovered; once again, Bergeron and Armstrong get the case as they size each other up. At the same time, former-biker-turned-crime-lord Richard Tremblay arrives from Montreal to reorganize the city's underworld, and the Mounties maybe investigating corruption in the Toronto PD.
This is McFetridge's second novel (Dirty Sweet, 2006), and once again, Toronto is a leading character in a fine crime novel. The city's sprawling growth, its ethnic diversity, and its "almost American" focus on money are all ongoing motifs that enrich a novel already rich in on-the-make immigrants, edgy cops, and charming, devious women. Sex. Dope. Immigration. Gang war. Filmmaking. In McFetridge's hands, Toronto might as well be the new L.A. of crime fiction.