Mary Moylum is an arbitrator in private practice. Previously, she had served as an adjudicator on the Immigration and Refugee Board. Mary lives with her husband and family in Ottawa.
Nick Slovak is put in charge of a hot immigration investigation when he learns that his partner, immigration officer Walter Martin, is dead and the killer has escaped. Nickâ€™s investigation turns up a trail of unsavoury evidence: organized crime, a billion dollar smuggling operation, and government corruption at the highest levels. As his world is turned upside down, he is forced to confront the painful truth about Grace Wang-Weinstein, the woman he loves.
Grace, a brilliant young immigration judge, finds herself a suspect in the murder investigation. At the same time, she is handed the biggest case of her career, and pitched into a web of intrigue. Caught between her political masters, the police and the cold-eyed killers of an immigration officer, she must confront the past in order to unravel the truth - that one of her friends is not what he seems to be.
The Snakeheads is a rare, literate piece of writing that cleverly balances suspense and paranoia as it pokes into the back rooms of the immigrations appeals and investigation process following the murder of an immigration officer.