Richard King began his career in the book business as a bookseller with Classic Bookshops. He later went on to become the co-owner of Librarie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal, one of North America?s first bookstore/cafés. As a bookseller Richard served as President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. He has published four previous novels and two biographies. In addition to this he has been a books columnist on CBC in Montreal. He has volunteered in the emergency department of the Jewish General Hospital since 2009.
"King, a lively writer with fine storytelling skills. .. Readers who know Montreal will recognize neighbourhoods, streets and landmarks in A Stab at Life. Indeed, the city is as much a character as the nurse and the detective. " Susan Schwartz, The Montreal Gazette
"King, who has been a volunteer at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital for many years, makes good use of his knowledge of hospital procedures to develop the plot and character of ER nurse, Annie Linton. He also excels in weaving in working-class immigrant life in Côtes-des-Neiges into his intricate plot of crime and passion. " Ian Thomas Shaw, The Ottawa Review of Books