Released in Spring 2011...
THE FALL GUY
Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, 2011
Cedric O'Toole is a country handyman who loves his simple life. He lives alone with a dog, a goat and some chickens on the hard-scrabble backcountry farm that he inherited from his mother, and he scratches out a living doing odd jobs while tinkering with the collection of junk in his sheds. Then one day a slick city lawyer drives down his lane and his nightmare begins. Lori-Anne Wilkins, the wife of a wealthy local businessman, has fallen to her death from a deck Cedric built, and the furious widower has slapped him with a lawsuit.
"Fradkin does a nice job in combining the elements of a good murder mystery with the telling of the story through Rick's character...Constant tension between the narrator and the world around him is one of the novel's greatest strengths..."