Maiden Lane


It's the winter of 1923 and the border towns are under a deep freeze, with ferries ice-bound in the Detroit River, snow burying the streets, and power interruptions. Prohibition is still the backdrop to daily life, but opium smuggling and human trafficking are a pair of disturbing additions to the mix.


In a failed attempt at transporting whisky across the Detroit River, a grim find is brought to the surface. When one of Detective Campbell's late-night walks is abruptly interrupted by a loud crash and a grisly thump, he summons his colleague Dr. Laforet to help with the case. Soon both cops and rumrunners are racing to connect the dots.

With a whisper of the occult in the chill Windsor air, Campbell and Laforet are caught up in another mystery.


Dewey Diva Picks


The second in Michael Januska’s Border City Blues series is as slick as his debut.

Globe and Mail

...there’s enough character in McCloskey to lead to a second tale. This is a writer to watch.

Globe and Mail

The book amply demonstrates that Riverside Drive was no fluke. Fans of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire need to check this one out right away.

Booklist (Chicago, IL) (May, 2015)

[B]old and bewildering . . .

London Free Press

This is an exciting, stylishly written piece of Prohibition-era historical crime fiction with an occult element and an array of memorable characters.

Publishers Weekly (June, 2015)

About the Author

Michael Januska

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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Michael Januska

Michael Januska has worked with books his whole life, both as a bookseller and for several publishing companies. Stories from Januska’s Prohibition-era Border City Blues novels have won two consecutive Scene of the Crime short story prizes. He is also the author of Grey Cup Century. He lives in Toronto.