Shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence!
Orca Book Publishers, 2019
Country handyman Cedric O’Toole’s life is turned upside down when a stranger from Calgary shows up at his farm claiming to be his brother. He believes they have the same father and he is on a quest to find him. Cedric’s unwed mother had taken the secret of his father’s identity to her grave.
Together Steve and Cedric embark on a hunt for answers. They soon learn that a young man from out west crashed his snowmobile and froze to death on a wintery night a few months before Cedric’s birth. But everyone seems to have secrets; the police officer who investigated years ago and who is now the chief near retirement; Cedric’s Aunt Penny who knows all the gossip in the town but claims to know nothing about the death. And most alarming of all, Cedric’s own grandparents and uncle, who insist no good will come of his questions.