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THE LATEST MacNEICE MYSTERY!
OUT JUNE 27, 2023
Detective Superintendent MacNeice returns to Dundurn following a month-long suspension and is immediately thrown into the mysterious case of a wounded runner named Jack and a blood trail that spans over forty miles. At the trail’s source in a Carolinian forest, MacNeice and DI Fiza Aziz find evidence of two homicides, but no bodies.
Two days later, Mac is called to a torn-up orchard set ablaze by lightning. A body has been found lying next to a stack of burnt fruit trees. There’s no evidence to suggest the killings are related, and yet MacNeice suspects they are. But why disappear the bodies in the forest and leave the orchard corpse to be discovered?
As the case develops, the team is confronted by the daylight abduction of a Brant University professor—Mac is convinced it’s a killing about to happen. Going on the offensive, he employs the provincial alert system, in part, to let the kidnappers know the net is closing.
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The Globe and Mail lists Middlemen in their list of 10 thrillers to read this summer! Here’s what they’ve got to say about it: “Let’s just say it: Scott Thornley’s fifth mystery featuring detective superintendent MacNeice is terrific. Each scene takes place in identifiable southern Ontario sketched by an author who loves this place. We begin with […]
by Jamie Portman(Appeared in Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader-Post, Windsor Star, Edmonton Journal, The Beacon Herald) Canadian crime novelist lets the story lead him to its conclusion Bestselling novelist John Irving once famously observed that whenever he starts a new book, he always writes the last sentence first. […]
SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. As president and creative director of Scott Thornley + Company, a strategic creative firm, Thornley worked with cultural and health science clients in Canada, the United States and Great Britain.
Over time, his love of graphic and typographic design grew to include writing the stories that would bring his client’s products and services to life. Scott lives with his wife Shirley Blumberg in Toronto and in the southwest of France.
Middlemen is the latest in the MacNeice series, and follows Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone and Vantage Point.
Scott is published by House of Anansi Press, and represented by Westwood Creative Artists.
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