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Hot Shots

Author: Gough, Laurence Set In . . .
 North America, Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver
Genre: Mystery
Time Frame: 1990s
Published: 1990
Description:

‘Bitter, bloody and brilliantly compulsive’ — Mail on Sunday



A valuable heroin consignment is lost, dumped into English Bay by panicking couriers.

Psychopathic millionaire Gary Silk is furious and will kill to reclaim it.

As an example, one of the men responsible must be ‘executed’.

Silk is on a mission to exact revenge and recklessly begins to make more enemies than ever with his increasingly cruel and bizarre behaviour...

Al Paterson, a businessman facing bankruptcy, stumbles across the heroin by accident.

Can he recoup his fortunes with some illicit dealing or is he out of his depth?

As much as he needs to keep the discovery a secret, he also needs to confirm the quality of the drug and then he needs to find a buyer...

A blood-stained car is found, abandoned. Willows and Parker are called in to investigate a possible homicide: there is evidence of a gunfight, but no apparent victim.

Then a body is pulled out of the harbor … and a narcotics king, double-crossing henchmen, an amateur hustler and police are to converge in a shattering denouement.

At times brutal and uncompromising, laced with black humour, Hot Shots is an action-packed read, a compelling crime novel from an award-winning author.

Hot Shots is the third in Laurence Gough’s excellent Vancouver police series featuring Detectives Jack Willows and Claire Parker, following Death on a No. 8 Hook and The Goldfish Bowl.


Praise for Laurence Gough:



‘Jack Willows and Claire Parker…look to have the stamina for many future yarns’ — The Times

‘Terse characterization and screwed-up tension take this new author into the McBain class at one stride’ — Observer

‘Bitter, bloody and brilliantly compulsive’ — Mail on Sunday

‘Extremely expert … tersely-written, tightly-plotted winner’ — The Listener

Laurence Gough resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, the city and its scenic surroundings providing the backdrop to his novels. A playwright as well as a novelist, he has had more than fifty plays broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, while his fiction has garnered a number of awards, including Arthur Ellis Awards for Best First Novel and Best Crime Novel of the Year and an Author Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters.

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