The Ambitious City

The Ambitious City

[a MacNeice Mystery]

Book - 2012
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The eagerly anticipated 2nd book in his MacNeice series from acclaimed crime novelist Scott Thornley.

If a local biker war isn't enough--seven shrink-wrapped corpses found buried between the barns on a nearby farm--MacNeice receives a desperate phone call from his old friend, the mayor of Dundurn. Dredging is nearly completed on the ambitious waterfront project the mayor hopes will revive his mini rust belt of a city, but the whole thing may be about to come off the rails: the dredgers have turned up six more bodies at the bottom of the lake, and two of them, encased in concrete, are fairly fresh. The mayor wants MacNeice to fix things, discreetly and fast. The trouble is there is another "visionary" on the loose in Dundurn, a serial killer who wants to rid the city of high-achieving young women of colour.

With the body count rising, the usually super-competent Detective Superindent MacNeice feels outgunned by the bikers, outmaneuvered by the serial killer--and deeply unsettled by the connections he begins to uncover between the biker wars and the US and Canadian concrete companies who've won the bid to help build the mayor's dream. The only good thing about the crisis is that he's persuaded Fiza Aziz, the young Muslim detective who'd burned out on their last case together, to come back to the force. The bad thing: she deliberately puts herself in the killer's sights.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307359285
Branch Call Number: THORN
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 23 cm.

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Jun 27, 2016

terrific read - Dundurn continues to come alive, writing is smooth, articulate. Region can be seen/observed in the mind's eye. Next?

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Jul 19, 2012

i thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to his next book.

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