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Serious Crimes

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

‘Gough’s work typically combines knotty, multi-stranded plots, picturesque villains and bit players, pungent humour, and trenchant prose’ - Times Literary Supplement

Jack Willows and Claire Parker are investigating the death of Kenny Lee, a local owner of a Chinese newspaper.

He was discovered encased in ice, posed in a Lotus position in Sun Yat-Sen Gardens.

Such a prominent figure of the community, posed in such a manner, sparks outrage within the community.

Can Willows and Parker solve the mystery before the leads run dry?

Billy and Garret are low level criminals, experienced in car theft and stereo boosting.

Unhappy with petty crimes, they are scheming for a more lucrative target. Grand armed robbery.

Using their knowledge of the area and procuring the necessary weapons from local gangs, can they succeed in their new venture?

Will the robbery succeed or will the plan backfire?

Nancy Crown is a victim of carjacking. A terrifying ordeal that has left her emotionally confused.

Why can’t she stop thinking about her assailant?

Are the cigarette butts she locates in her garden each day from him scoping out the house?

Or is her mind playing tricks on her?

Surely it is just her imagination that is running wild…

Seemingly unconnected individuals lives are entwined as the murder investigation reaches its dramatic conclusion.

Serious Crimes is a cleverly written and fast paced crime novel, full of twists to keep you guessing until the last page.

Praise for Laurence Gough

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

‘Gough is a real find…For anyone into hard-boiled American fiction, try heading north of the border for a treat’ - Vox

‘Gough’s work is laced with acid humour and a tight-as-a-chokehold prose. If he lived in the U.S., he’d already be a superstar’ - Daily Post (Liverpool) /em>

‘Gough is one of the best crime writers in the country…wickedly twisted…wild and wingy rollercoaster rides’ - Toronto Sun

‘Gough is one of the most inventively reliable bloodsmiths in the trade. His plots and characters are strong and convincing, his mordant humour never forced, the action violent but believable’ - The Times

‘This pacy new thriller buffs it up new’ - The Times (on The Goldfish Bowl)

‘Terse characterization and screwed-up tension take this new author into the McBain class at one stride’ - Observer (on The Goldfish Bowl)

‘Laurence Gough’s first novel…rips the reader with the force of a Winchester .460 magnum fired at arm’s length… Gough’s plotting is fast-paced and confident… His style is tense and tight as a trigger’ - Washington Post

Laurence Gough lives with his wife and two children in Vancouver. He is the author of twelve Willows and Parker mysteries. The Goldfish Bowl , won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers of Canada. Other is the series: Death on a No. 8 Hook; Hot Shots, winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year; Serious Crimes; Accidental Deaths; Fall Down Easy; Killers; Heartbreaker; Memory Lane; Karaoke Rap; Shutterbug; and Funny Money . His international thriller, Sandstorm , won the Author Award (fiction) from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1991.
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