“You brought me back into this because you know what I am. I’m a grinder, I find out everything. ”
Bullets squared everything. Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate. Wilson held up his end of the bargain and stayed off the grid for two years. Two years of peace until a man came calling. The man brought a gun and a woman in his trunk. Thousands of miles from home, Wilson learns that the city doesn't let go so easily. The city is more than bricks; it is a machine running on the blood of hard men and women. The hardest man in the city remembers Wilson and he will stop at nothing to get him back.
A dangerous mobster’s nephews are missing and the only suspects are his lieutenants. Wilson is pulled back to once again work under the radar – to quietly find out who is responsible, so it can be settled with screams. Wilson is back to being what he was. He’s a grinder again. All bets are off and before he’s done – everyone will pay.
Mike Knowles ?studied writing at McMaster University before pursuing a career in education. Knowles became an elementary teacher and currently teaches in Hamilton, Ontario, where he lives with his wife and dog.
"Grinder is made of tougher stuff, with a protagonist vaguely reminiscent of Lee Childs’ unstoppable Jack Reacher. .. This tale of a man trying desperately to atone for his violent past is a stunner, and we can't help but root for this reformed killer as he loosens the ties that bind. Although there's much shoot-em-up action here, the story's real strength lies in the author's exploration of Wilson’s troubled soul. "
— Mystery Scene
“Razor-edged prose [. ..] readers who like their mean streets really mean will be thoroughly satisfied. ” — Publishers Weekly
“Knowles combines nonstop action with gritty violence to hold the reader’s attention. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries. " — Library Journal
"Picture perfect hardboiled writing. Knowles has a real grasp of the underbelly running under society and his characters all breath with authentic boozy cigarette breath. A great read and a great new voice. " — Crimespree
"A dead centre hit [. ..] Read Mike Knowles’ first novel, Darwin’s Nightmare and now, Grinder. They are sharp, focused indications of a fine, new noir talent in our midst. Hang in there for the third. " — Hamilton Spectator