Buffalo Jump

Buffalo Jump (published by Random House) is Howard Shrier’s first novel. It was recommended to me by a clerk at my local bookstore. I needed something portable for travelling and it had to hold my interest enough to keep me occupied early in the morning when I was waiting for my hosts to wake up. (Getting up at 6:30 is not such a good idea when you’re visiting.) I was intrigued by the fact that the story is set in Toronto because that’s where I was headed. That essentially is why I bought the book. I love books set in familiar places. And I was pleasantly surprised – it’s really good. When a contract killer comes looking for private investigator Jonah Geller it’s not to bump him off… it’s to enlist his help in finding out who ordered the hit that he can’t bare to commit – killing an entire Toronto family, including their 5 year old son. The plot involves the pharmaceutical industry and cheap Canadian drugs that filter over the border to the US. It is well written, quirky, laugh-out-loud funny, and gritty with a wee bit too much info on guns and fighting for my taste but don’t let that discourage you from reading it. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve just discovered that Shrier’s second book, High Chicago, is due out mid July – it’s definitely on my list for a summer read.

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