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A Stab at Life
A Stab at Life

A Stab at Life

Baraka Fiction


240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (CA $22.95) (US $22.95)

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN 9781771862066

Rights: WOR X CA

Baraka Books (Apr 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: April 2020


Former bookseller Richard King has created two memorable characters in his mystery novel, A Stab at Life. Annie Linton, RN, is a nurse in the Emergency Department of the Gursky Memorial Hospital in Montreal and Gilles Bellechasse, a detective in the Major Crimes Division of the Montreal Police Force. Gilles is in charge of investigating a series of murders that have occurred in a park and the area surrounding the Gursky Memorial located in the Cote-des-Neiges area of the city. Suspects include members of a vigilante group devoted to getting drug dealers out of the park, a jealous husband, a mysterious woman of whom nude drawings turn up in one of the murder victim’s bedroom, and competing drug dealers. Annie’s excellent diagnostic skill play a critical role in solving the crime. King’s mysteries are reminiscent of the originators of the mystery genre, writers such as Agatha Christie and Rex Stout and modern writers such as Robert Goldsborough and Louise Penny. Margaret Cannon said of King in the Globe & Mail: “…he has talent, wit and Montreal.” A Stab at Life will delight fans of murder mysteries and have them waiting impatiently for the next novel in the series.

Author Biography

Richard King began his career in the book business as a bookseller with Classic Bookshops. He later went on to become the co-owner of Librarie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal, one of North America’s first bookstore/cafés. As a bookseller Richard served as President of the Canadian Booksellers Association. He has published four previous novels and two biographies. In addition to this he has been a books columnist on CBC in Montreal. He has volunteered in the emergency department of the Jewish General Hospital since 2009.