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The Dogs of Winter: A Russell and Leduc Mystery: Book 2
By (author): Ann Lambert
9781772601404 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Quebec Oct 20, 2020
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 400 gr 328 pages Second Story Press
A murderer with a twisted mission targets the most vulnerable on the cold streets of Montreal

The sequel to The Birds That Stay - hailed by the New York Journal of Books as "a fascinating and gripping tale of suspense" and the Globe and Mail as one of "Ten thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat". Says Ann Cleeves of the new book: "it's about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter. And more than that, it's a rollicking good read."

The Dogs of Winter begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake. The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost twenty-eight years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.

- Marie Russell and Roméo Leduc, now living together, are once again disturbed by death and dysfunction in their midst. While Roméo suspects a serial killer is targeting homeless people on the streets of Montreal, Marie is dealing with a student who has been assaulted by one of the city’s most powerful men.
- The murders of these homeless people expose the underbelly of racism in the city, as many people in Montreal’s homeless community are Indigenous. Roméo’s investigation brings to the fore the fact that this vulnerable group are being abused and victimized by both the police system and the racism that pervades the culture at large.
- The secondary storyline of a man who sexually assaults a young woman captures the #MeToo movement. The powerful man who commits the assault, when accused, applies the DARVO method against his accusers (deny, attack, and try to reverse the victim and offender roles).
- This is Ann Lambert’s second mystery in the series, with the third already being planned (for release Fall 2021).
- Print and online advertising campaigns
- Extensive ARC distribution, Advance e-galleys
- Promotion to mystery media – print and online



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The Dogs of Winter is as much an exploration of a city and its communities as a traditional crime novel. It's about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter. And more than that, it's a rollicking good read. - Ann Cleeves

Marie Russell makes her triumphant return in this compelling and irresistible sequel to The Birds That Stay. Moving the story from the Laurentian mountains to the heart of the city of Montreal, Lambert’s second Russell and Leduc mystery features the welcome return of old favourites and a new cast of fascinating characters. The Dogs of Winter builds on the crackling chemistry between Professor Marie Russell and Detective Romeo Leduc, propelling them into a new investigation lined with unsung heroes and unseen villains. Marie is truly a great Canadian character, and we see her pitted against not only a sinister and elusive killer, but an equally insidious structural inequity that stifles the course of justice at every turn. Like its predecessor, The Dogs of Winter does not shy away from the darker side of Canada’s history- nor its present- and makes for compulsive reading. With Lambert's characteristic blend of humour, pathos and vivid prose, The Dogs of Winter should fly off the shelves. - Anne Lagacé Dowson, Montreal commentator and activist

"...another simply riveting suspense thriller of a read and continues to showcase the author's natural knack for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader's riveted attention from beginning to cliff-hanger style ending.”

- Clint Travis, Midwest Book Review

"It’s a red-hot potboiler that effectively pierces through any kind of bone-chilling cold." - Stuart Nulman, The Montreal Times

Midwest Book Review - Michael Dunford's Bookshelf | February 2021
http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/feb_21.htm#michaeldunford

Synopsis: The sequel to author Ann Lambert's crime novel "The Birds That Stay", this edition of "The Dogs Of Winter" from Second Story Press begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake.

The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

Critique: Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover, Ann Lambert's new mystery novel, "The Dogs Of Winter" is certain to be an immediately sought after addition to any and all community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Dogs Of Winter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).

- Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review

"Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover[.]" - Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review

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