- By Fraser Nixon

The Man Who Killed

  • Title: The Man Who Killed
  • Author: Fraser Nixon
  • ISBN: 9781553657880
  • Page: 292
  • Format: ebook
  • The Man Who Killed Nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of CanadaNominated for the First Novel Award Montreal Mick is down on his luck until an old pal offers him a loaded revolver and a job ri

    Nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of CanadaNominated for the First Novel Award Montreal, 1926 Mick is down on his luck until an old pal offers him a loaded revolver and a job riding shotgun in a truck running booze across the border Stateside Prohibition has opened up a market for certain amusements, vicious or otherwise Mick takes theNominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of CanadaNominated for the First Novel Award Montreal, 1926 Mick is down on his luck until an old pal offers him a loaded revolver and a job riding shotgun in a truck running booze across the border Stateside Prohibition has opened up a market for certain amusements, vicious or otherwise Mick takes the job and his problems begin Through his old friend Jack, Mick falls deeper into the life of the small time tough From whorehouse to gentlemenOCOs club, through back alleys and deluxe hotels, jazz joints, opium dens, baseball diamonds, cheap diners and anywhere trouble is to be found, Mick burns his way through the City of Two Solitudes Other people are in town for their own reasons Babe RuthOCOs here Harry Houdini, too The Man Who Killed is a tale of political corruption and crime, of sexual jealousy and heartbreak, a portrait of a city after last call, of smoke filled saloons and gunfire in the night Shot through with dark humour and strange pathos, this is a novel of two friends who do bad things mostly for money, sometimes for fun, and the women they love.

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    1. Fraser Nixon's first novel, The Man Who Killed, is set in 1926 Montreal relating the journey into hell of the protagonist and narrator, Mick, a 20-something ex-soldier late of the Great War, and more lately thrown out of medical school for unsavoury behaviour and morphine addiction using stolen McGill's supplies. Sliced any way you wish, Mick is not a nice fellow; his companion, Jack, less so and by a goodly measure. Though Mick is the son of a west coast preacher man, Mick and Jack were raised [...]

    2. Fraser Nixon’s The Man Who Killed is easily classified as a novel in the historical fiction genre. Set in mid 1920s Montreal during the height of prohibition it chronicles the exploits of Jack and Mick, a gangster and a wanna-be gangster respectively, who go on a bit of crime spree after a caper they had lined up which involved smuggling truckloads of booze across the border and into the United States goes horribly wrong. The idea isn’t bad one, and Nixon does do an extremely good job of bri [...]

    3. This is Montreal, 1920's. Mick doesn't have a lot of money, so he ends up working for a very dapper Jack, an old friend.He doesn't always know what's going on, but he gets some rye and a new suit, and a chance to see the love of his life (a poor little rich girl) from time to time.It's a storyscape of gambling, booze halls, and diners. And eventually of guns.

    4. What a wicked and wild ride! Blurb on the cover compares it to Elroy's WHITE JAZZ, which is an excellent comparison. Fraser Nixon does for Montreal what Hammett and Elroy and Chandler did for big city USA. There is something in the amazing writing that reminds me of Brett Easton Ellis. Fun, fun, fun. Cannot wait to see what this young writer does next!

    5. A good use of characters, and an excellent example of setting the tone.All they need to do is work on pacing and actual plot.

    6. An enjoyable read once the pace picks up, but some of the language is self-consciously noir enough to be distracting.

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