By Garry Ryan

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Finalist for the 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery!

Aftera long series of professional and personal upheavals, Detective Lane begins hislatest adventure happy, at peace, and enjoying life with his partner Arthur,their children Christine and Matt, and his able new ... Read more


Finalist for the 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Gay Mystery!

Aftera long series of professional and personal upheavals, Detective Lane begins hislatest adventure happy, at peace, and enjoying life with his partner Arthur,their children Christine and Matt, and his able new co-worker, RCMP officerKeely Saliba.

But when the body of a young boy is unearthedten years after he was reported missing, Lane’s investigation into the crimeputs him in conflict with a powerful and charismatic Calgary real estatedeveloper and restaurateur—a cunning sociopath whose desire to suppress anythreat to his empire will endanger the safety of Lane’s ownfamily.

The sixth book in Garry Ryan’s award-winning andCalgary Herald bestselling series of Detective Lanemysteries pits Lane against his most dangerous antagonist yet.

Garry Ryan

Winner of the Lambda Literary Prize and recipient of Calgary's Freedom of Expression Award, author Garry Ryan drinks mochas and lives in Calgary, Alberta.


Excerptfrom Chapter 1
Monday, August1

The five of them met for dinner. The tableoverlooked the lake and the surrounding mountains tipped withwhite.

Matt had lost weight, was shaving every day and worehis black hair cut short. He said, “It would be nice to stay for a few moredays. ”

Christine said, “You know, this is the first time I’vebeen to Jasper. And the first time I’ve seen agrizzly. ”

Daniel, her brown-haired boyfriend, was taller thanChristine, slender and introverted. He was finally beginning to feel relaxed enougharound Lane to open up. “The grizzly was incredible. ”

Lanenodded. “It was a thing of beauty. A hunter. ” It’s good to be talkingabout bears instead of cancer, surgery, scarring, fatigue and what the lastdoctor had to say.

“Okay, tell us what you’rethinking. ” Arthur looked out over the water. His new exercise program wasbeginning to pay off. His belt had two old cinch lines in the leather to proveit. It hadn’t, however, helped him grow back the hair atop his tannedhead.

“I was thinking how it’s good for all of us to be here. I was thinking I’m glad you don’t have to have chemo. And I was thinking weshould go to California next. Maybe San Diego. ” Lane looked around the table,gauging the reactions of four people.

“Can Daniel come?”Christine asked.

“Can we stay close to the beach?” Mattasked.

Lane’s phone began to vibrate in his shirtpocket.

Arthur smiled. “That’s not what I asked you. That’snot what you were thinking. You just changed the subjectagain. ”

“You really want to know what I think of grizzlies?”Lane asked.

He felt their curiosity pique and the resultantattention shift in his direction.

Lane ignored his phone. “The bear was afraid of us, yet we fear it. It’s a hunter. It’s very good atwhat it does. And it makes us feel like prey. Still, we’re not the endangeredspecies. ”

“Like you,” Matt said. “You’re ahunter. ”

“And people fear you,” Danielsaid.

Lane picked the phone out of his pocket and flipped itopen.

Christine grabbed it from him and put it to her ear. “Hello?” She slapped Lane’s hand away as he reached to take the phone back. “Hi, Keely. How are you? Yes, we’ll be back tomorrow. Probably in theafternoon. ” She listened for a minute, then said, “I’ll pass the message along. He’s right here, but we were in the middle of a good conversation, and he wasusing your call as an excuse to avoid answering a tough question. You know howhe avoids answering the questions he doesn’t want to answer? I’ll get him tocall you right back. ”

“What’s up?” Laneasked.

“I’ll tell you when we finish this conversation. ”Christine curled her fingers around the phone.

“Could I havemy phone back, please?” Lane motioned with his open righthand.

“No. ” She put the phone on the table, covered it with anapkin and put her hands over top.

Lane looked at Arthur, whowas getting his spark back after a double mastectomy. It had been a long haul. There was the shock of the diagnosis, the operation and recovery from surgery,then the chemo and all of those lovely side effects.

Arthursaid, “She wants some answers. You expect the same from us. Remember your bigspeech about us being honest with one another?”

“Okay. Whatdo you want to know?” Lane refilled his coffee from the carafe at the centre ofthe table.

“Do you admire the grizzly because it’s a hunterlike you?” Matt asked.

“Or because it’s feared andmisunderstood?” Arthur asked.

“What about the fact that it’snearly extinct?” Christine asked.

Lane joined in on thelaughter.

Daniel said, “Of course it’s not because malegrizzlies sometimes kill male cubs. ”

Christine glared atDaniel. “How did you know that was what the call was about?”

Christinewill forever be leaping to conclusions after the way she was mistreated inParadise, Lane thought, then asked, “Aboutwhat?”

“Keely said they found the body of a missing boy. Shethinks it may be related to one of your unsolved cases. ” Christine lifted thenapkin and handed him the phone.


"[a] good, fast read with a pertinent story, believable characters, lashings of violence and consistent suspense. .."
~ Caterina Edwards, Alberta Views

"The sixth book in this series has a multicultural cast and seems modestly Canadian in other aspects: Ryan’s prose is clear without being flashy, his antagonist is suitably villainous without descending into melodrama, the police themselves show a laudable diligence and the supporting characters are allowed their own flashes of competence and pluck. Even the minor antagonist of Robert Rowe, whose misguided quest for personal vengeance needlessly complicates Lane and Saliba’s job, gets an unusually sympathetic treatment. "
~ Publishers Weekly

"[a]bove all, it is his characters. One grows to love them, to admire them, and to realize that, as with all people whom one loves, sometimes one wants to shake them. Come to think of it, though, the last never happened, not even once, in this novel. "
~ Drewey Wayne Gunn, Reviewing the Evidence

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