Cole Blackwater’s life isn’t what it used to be. Once a political superstar within Ottawa’s environmental movement, he now runs a nearly defunct conservation strategy consulting firm that distinctly lacks a paying client. His ex-wife loathes him for a scandalous affair that ended their marriage, he feels he’s failing his eight-year-old daughter as a father, and he’s turning far too often to the bottle to solve his problems.
When Peggy McSorlie, head of the Eastern Slopes Conservation Group, seeks his help to stop a mining project planned for Alberta’s magnificent Cardinal Divide, Blackwater jumps on the opportunity to earn enough money to pay the rent and buy a few pints at his favorite pub. But when Mike Barnes, head of the mining project, is brutally murdered and a radical member of Eastern Slopes is accused of killing him, Blackwater must first prove the man’s innocence in order to save his own business, and the future of the Cardinal Divide.
Praise for The Cardinal Divide
"The Cardinal Divide is a page-turner of a mystery and an interesting work of pulp fiction. .. with serious environmental issues at its heart. "
~ Canadian Literature
Stephen Legault is the author of thirteen books including most recently Earth and Sky: Photographs and Stories from Montana and Alberta. He is the author of The Cole Blackwater mystery series: The Cardinal Divide, The Darkening Archipelago, The Vanishing Track (TouchWood Editions), and The Glacier Gallows (TouchWood Editions). He is the Program Director for the Crown, Alberta and NWT for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife and two sons.
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