Welcome, readers of fine Canadian crime fiction!
And Justice For None, the long-awaited second novel in the J.M. Walsh Mystery Series, has been published.
And Justice For None will be available in paperback on Amazon.com and e-book format suitable for reading on your laptop, tablet or reader.
About the Book:
Struggling to avoid bankruptcy, ex-Mounted Police officer James M. Walsh agrees to investigate the death of a young Blackfoot woman in a suspicious house fire. The woman’s father, Chief William Starblanket, wants answers. And for some reason the police are silent.
Suspicions point to the woman’s husband, a wounded Afghanistan war veteran; his wealthy and reclusive Alberta business family; and a shadowy private “security” firm with a reputation for black ops.
In Geronimo’s Cadillac, the first Walsh novel, Walsh went looking for a missing man in the Montana mountains and stumbled into the middle of a firefight beween Homeland Security and a Native American terrorist.
And Justice For None takes Walsh into a different kind of wilderness, where corporate corruption is protected by legions of lawyers, cyber crime is widespread and a brave investigative journalist has discovered that in information wars, “the first casualty is the truth.”
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“Barr has the Sam Spade/Phillip Marlowe thing going on pretty well”
“AND JUSTICE FOR NONE hits on a lot of current hot-button issues from indigenous relations to bio-engineering and about six other topics in between. The time is ripe for a novel like this”
“The plot is fascinating”
“Barr has the ability to bring the reader inside the character’s skin so that you are not only reading a wonderful story but you also see the story unfold through the character’s eyes. A contradiction, which to me is a sign of a successful story: As I came to the end, I wanted to read more quickly to find out how the story is resolved while wanting to read more slowly to make the story last longer”
“Walsh has an excellent, wry sense of humour. In places, he is really funny.”
Canada’s Fictional Detectives: A Sampling
No fictional Canadian detective symbolizes Canadian crime fiction to the world in the way that Inspector Morse did for British readers or Philip Marlowe did for Americans. However several fictional Canadian detectives have become noteworthy characters in their own right.
They include a neurologist (Patrick Lazerenko), a public defender (Monty Collins), a retired lawyer (Arthur Beauchamp), a full time private eye (Jonah Geller), two active-duty police officers (Armand Gamache of the Quebec Surete and Patrick Green of the Ottawa Police), a former international aid worker (Amanda Doucette) and, of course, retired, and somewhat embittered, former Mounted Police officer J.M. Walsh (created by John J. Barr).
Walsh, we believe, is the first fictional investigator to be a died-in-the-wool westerner.
A sampling of these characters and their creators:
Jonah Geller, a Toronto based private eye, was created by Montreal native Howard Shrier, an Award winning crime novelist). In Miss Montreal Geller ventures into that city’s complex underworld.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec (created by Louise Penny) lives in the eastern townships of Quebec. Ms. Penny, the dean of Canadian crime writers, began her career as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has more than ten novels to her credit. Her novel The Long Way Home has been made into a film. Her recent novel A Trick Of The
Arthur Beauchamp (created by Vancouver lawyer William Deverell) is a retired criminal lawyer — scholarly, crafty and self-doubting. Until called back into duty as an investigator he is retired as a hobby farmer in the gulf islands along with his new wife, an organic farmer and environmental activist.
Neurologist Patrick Lazerenko (created by Liam Durcan, himself a McGill University neurologist) investigates an international case involving the war crimes trial of his beloved mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement in torture.
International aid worker Amanda Doucette and City of Ottawa police officer Michael Green are two characters created by novelist Barbara Fradkin. Ms. Fradkin is a retired Ottawa-based child psychiatrist and award winning author of many mysteries.