The Road to Heaven

A gripping noir mystery introducing artless young detective Patrick Bird, set in Toronto?s Parkdale during the tumultuous ?60s.

?I didn?t kill her. I had the thought, the idea. What?s the saying? The road to heaven is paved with bad intentions??

Police academy burnout turned private eye Patrick Bird works divorce cases, using his camera to catch the unfaithful and the lonely looking for love in rented rooms. But his easy routine is shattered by a new case involving a missing girl.

Sixteen-year-old Abbie Linklater hasn?t been home for three days. Her mother believes Abbie?s getting an abortion. Her twin brother thinks she?s studying at the library. Her best friend couldn?t care less. Her father has no idea; he just wants her home without involving the police.

Before the sun sets on the first day of his investigation, as Bird roams the streets of Toronto looking for the runaway, he?s caught a drifter prowling in the Linklater?s backyard, stumbled into a creepy church with a belligerent minister, sparred with the client, been hit by a car, and discovered some loose ends in a bank robbery gone wrong a decade earlier.

And that was before he found the body.

AUTHOR

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson won the 2023 CWC Best Crime Novella Award for The Man Who Went Down Under published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The Road to Heaven, featuring detective Patrick Bird, is his first novel. He lives in Toronto.


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Raw and twisty, The Road to Heaven takes you through hell to get to the promised land. Painfully human, we bear witness to what happens when people’s longings crash into bright lights and dark alleys. Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson’s prose reads like poetry, spare, yet laden with symbolism and meaning. A bright new star is shining among us . . . a brilliant debut.
– Jane K. Cleland, author of Jane Austen’s Lost Letters

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A gripping noir mystery introducing artless young detective Patrick Bird, set in Toronto?s Parkdale during the tumultuous ?60s.

?I didn?t kill her. I had the thought, the idea. What?s the saying? The road to heaven is paved with bad intentions??

Police academy burnout turned private eye Patrick Bird works divorce cases, using his camera to catch the unfaithful and the lonely looking for love in rented rooms. But his easy routine is shattered by a new case involving a missing girl.

Sixteen-year-old Abbie Linklater hasn?t been home for three days. Her mother believes Abbie?s getting an abortion. Her twin brother thinks she?s studying at the library. Her best friend couldn?t care less. Her father has no idea; he just wants her home without involving the police.

Before the sun sets on the first day of his investigation, as Bird roams the streets of Toronto looking for the runaway, he?s caught a drifter prowling in the Linklater?s backyard, stumbled into a creepy church with a belligerent minister, sparred with the client, been hit by a car, and discovered some loose ends in a bank robbery gone wrong a decade earlier.

And that was before he found the body.

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Details

Dimensions:

312 Pages
8in * 5in * 1in
300gr

Published:

June 25, 2024

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Dundurn Press

ISBN:

9781459753723

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Language:

eng

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