debut novel drawing on the author’s twenty-five year career as a journalist (fourteen with the Washington Post), The Ways of the Dead is atmospheric, taut and fast-paced – but not your clichéd serial killer tale. Instead we are treated to a deftly-plotted, original and informed story that draws the reader into the dark underbelly of the nation’s capitol and the life of a journalist fighting to get, and then tell, his story. Although there are occasional information dumps that easily could have been edited out, they are more than offset by passages of lyrical writing that will leave readers breathless.
Jim Napier is a professional
crime-fiction reviewer based in Canada. His book reviews and author
interviews have been featured in several Canadian papers as well as on
such websites as Spinetingler Magazine, The Rap Sheet, January magazine,
Reviewing the Evidence, Crime Time, Shots Magazine, the Montreal Review
of Books, and Amazon.com, as well as on his own award-winning site,