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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, EPUB

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95)

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN 9781771862066

Rights: WOR X CA

Baraka Books (Apr 2020)


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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.


"The plot is pure whodunit, with touches of procedural (...)" Richard King "…has talent, wit and Montreal." Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail (about his first novel) "... a a literate mystery, crisply written and captivating in its plot twists." Candice Fertile, Victoria, BC

"King, who has been a volunteer at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital for many years, makes good use of his knowledge of hospital procedures to develop the plot and character of ER nurse, Annie Linton. He also excels in weaving in working-class immigrant life in Côtes-des-Neiges into his intricate plot of crime and passion." —Ottawa Review of Books

"King, a lively writer with fine storytelling skills... Readers who know Montreal will recognize neighbourhoods, streets and landmarks in A Stab at Life. Indeed, the city is as much a character as the nurse and the detective." —Susan Schwartz, Montreal Gazette

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.