Michael Blair is a freelance technical writer/editor living in Montreal. Overexposed is his third mystery, a sequel to If Looks Could Kill, a finalist for the 1999 Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 Quebec Writers Federation First Book Prize. His second mystery, A Hard Winter Rain, was published by Dundurn in 2004.
For Joe Shoe, the return to his family home in north Toronto is more than just a trip down memory lane; itâ€™s also a visit to a crime scene. No sooner has Shoe arrived in his old neighbourhood than he discovers that police are investigating a murder in the ravine near his home. And the murder victim is a man who lived in the neighbourhood 35 years earlier â€” and who moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was ultimately murdered.
The police investigation, and Shoeâ€™s own inquiries, becomes intensely personal, as old friends, girlfriends, and even family members seem to have a connection to the murder victim, and reasons to want him dead. Compelling, deeply emotional, and at times even disturbing, The Dells is an accomplished novel by one of Canadaâ€™s rising stars of crime fiction.
In the past few years Michal Blair has matured into one of Canada's most accomplished crime writers, with a confident hand and a strong voice. The Dells is an insightful and evocative tale, with a tone reminiscent of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird; I recommend it highly.
... a powerful book about revenge, motives, and whether justice was served and why.
Complex, thoughtful and disturbing; this a is a good reminder that you may be able to go home again, but you just might not want to.
Michael Blair has a clean, compelling style, and this second appearance of Joe Shoe bodes well for more.
A tension filled, exciting read.
Shoe is a most likeable character and it is a pleasure to reminisce with him, until the truth is discovered and hist home. This is a good one.
Michael Blair's latest novel, his fourth mystery and best book to date, has an exciting blend of dead bodies, decades-old secrets and unusual characters.
A meaty and accomplished novel.
Well-written and delivers an intriguing, satisfying experience ... Blair is a polished storyteller, poised to take his place among the best in Canada today.
The unexpected twists and turns lead to a page-turning conclusion.