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Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2009.
CWA Judges’ comments: ‘Old City Hall is a legal drama set in Toronto. Intriguingly, it is about a man accused of murdering his wife who refuses to say anything at all about what happened that night, even to his own lawyer. He maintains a stoic silence throughout and it takes the combined efforts of the defence, the prosecution, and the police, each of whom pieces together parts of his past to reveal the truth of what actually happened. Along the way comes a touching love story and the revelation of the back stories of all the main characters which makes for a rich and complex drama.’
Old City Hall opens with a bang, or perhaps a stab: Canada's leading radio show host, Kevin Brace, comes to the door of his luxury condominium with his hands covered in blood and tells the newspaper delivery man: 'I killed her.' The 'her' in question is his young wife, whose body lies in the bathtub of their suite, a knife wound through the sternum.
So, if he killed her, where's the mystery? That's the question asked by the detectives plowing through what should be an openand- shut case. Even Kevin's defense attorney doesn't know what really happened, because he refuses to talk to her or to anyone else after muttering those incriminating words. With the discovery that the victim was actually a self-destructive alcoholic, and the appearance of strange fingerprints in the Brace apartment, the mystery gets more complex just as it should be getting simpler.
Closing date: 11/10/2018
Publication date: 05/02/2009
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
Format: Trade Paperback
|Publication date:||5th February 2009|
|Publisher:||John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|