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A WOMAN
SCORNED

 

By James Heneghanan

  • Published on October 1, 2013 by Raven Books

The second book in the Casey of the Clarion crime fiction series for adults.

Nominated for:

  • An Arthur Ellis Award (Best Crime Novella category) by the Crime Writers of Canada, 2014



SYNOPSIS


Vancouver City Councilor George Hamilton Nash has left his wife and moved into a posh West End condo. When the wealthy man-about-town turns up dead, a suicide note beside his body, the police are prepared to treat it as an open-and-shut case. But Sebastian Casey, who covers city hall for the West End Clarion, is not so sure. He knows something of Nash's reputation as a ladies' man and very quickly discovers no shortage of suspects. The question is, of course, which one did it?


REVIEWS

FROM STEPHANIE DROR, CM MAGAZINE (November 8, 2013). The story is quick and clever, though it would have been nice to linger and lean on misdirection just a little longer. As with all the “Rapid Reads”, a Raven Books series of well-written short books, the book’s short chapters, swift pace, and simple and clear language make it a great read for absolutely anyone. That's not to say that Heneghan didn't infuse this book with any artful writing. There is foreshadowing and consistent themes throughout, and wordplay in dialogue gives the characters some zing and the reader something fun to google. Classic sayings, such as “ugly mugs” and “leave the police business to the police!”, pay homage to the genre's history, but it is all somehow believable, in good fun and in good taste, making this Rapid Read a delight.

FROM COURTNEY JONES, BOOKLIST. Sebastian Casey—but, please, call him Casey—a reporter for the West End Clarion in Vancouver, investigates the death of councilor George Hamilton Nash. It was ruled a suicide, but Casey has his doubts since Nash told him, off the record, that he planned on running for mayor. Toss in a string of affairs, a recent separation, and a few other key elements that simply don’t line up, and before long the case is ruled a homicide. Casey finds the case a worthy diversion with his girlfriend away in Ireland, especially since his fascination with Nash’s murder is tied to the pain of the girlfriend’s infidelity, which, in turn, parallels nicely with Nash’s own indiscretions. Heneghan crafts a striking character study, which unfurls deliberately—something of a feat considering the brevity of the novel, his second entry in Orca’s Rapid Reads series. A suspenseful, intriguing, yet comfortably low-key mystery.