Spies, murders and journalists, oh my

Spies, murders and journalists, oh my

I knew Randall Denley had written some books, but this was the first I’d decided to pick one up and read. I have no idea why I waited so long. Maybe because I often disagree with what he writes in his columns for the Ottawa Citizen. It’s possible I thought I might not like his fiction writing because of that.

It just goes to show.

Spiked is about a Citizen columnist with a hard nose and an attitude this big. She’s tough and vulnerable, determined and somewhat reckless. But the story is gripping. It starts with a woman falling to her death in front of our intrepid journalist, having apparently jumped off the roof of a downtown building and impaling herself on a fence. Originally assumed to be a suicide until it’s discovered that the woman was working with the Chinese embassy and her body was quickly whisked away. All this takes place in the middle of a corruption court case involving a popular Conservative politician and maybe a turn-coat, too.

There’s lots going on, all very Ottawa-centric but if you like Ottawa-centric gritty mystery tales involving a main character who’s a royal pain in the ass, you’ll like that book. I certainly did.

Every now and then, the NCC gets it right

Every now and then, the NCC gets it right

Train? What train?

Train? What train?

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