Fifth Son

By Barbara Fradkin

Fifth Son
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Winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel
Inspector Green probes for family secrets that someone wants to keep buried. ..no matter the cost.

Accident or suicide? That’s the simple question put to Inspector Michael Green when a derelict stranger falls ... Read more


Overview

Winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel
Inspector Green probes for family secrets that someone wants to keep buried. ..no matter the cost.

Accident or suicide? That’s the simple question put to Inspector Michael Green when a derelict stranger falls to his death from an abandoned church tower in a quiet river village at the edge of his jurisdiction. But when the victim turns out be a long lost son of a local farm family cursed in recent years by tragedy, madness and death, Green begins to suspect something far more sinister is at work. Probing the family’s past, he uncovers a toxic mix of rigid fundamentalism, teenage rebellion and a family secret so horrific that twenty years later, someone is still desperate to prevent the truth from coming to light.

Barbara Fradkin

Barbara Fradkin is a retired psychologist who is fascinated with why people turn bad. She is the author of the Amanda Doucette series and the critically acclaimed Inspector Green novels. She lives in Ottawa.

Awards

  • Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel 2005, Winner

Reviews

All works beautifully right up to the twist at the end. The Inspector Green series gets better with every book.

A character-driven psychological thriller that’s a page turner from page one.

One exceptional mystery, with even more complex characters and tighter plotting. Fradkin’s forte is the emotional cost of crime.

One of the longest-running and most successful series in Canadian crime fiction, and for good reason.

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