Fall Guy (#2)

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Detective Barry Gilbert is called into Toronto’s Chinatown to investigate the death of Edgar Lau, a man whose history and connections take the detective on a ride across continents and cultures, and deep into an immigrant family’s struggle to survive against harrowing odds.

Gilbert must piece together Edgar’s labyrinthine history—from his days as a Vietnamese refugee who made a deadly trek to China by boat, to his affair with a prominent member of Toronto’s city government, to his dealings with a Chinese drug baron. Throughout the investigation, damaging and sensitive questions are raised—questions somebody in Toronto’s police department doesn’t want answered.

It soon becomes clear to Gilbert that in addition to hunting down Edgar’s killer, he must fight police corruption as well—a fight that could threaten the department’s stability and future.


“Mackay provides a banquet of betrayal, vengeance, and felony for readers hardy enough to stay the rewarding distance.”


“A clever procedural […] a skillful storyteller […] Mackay does atmosphere and setting well, and his characters are full-bodied and believable.”


“Mackay takes his detectives on an intricate route in this police procedural […] a raw and painful account […] a quietly satisfying piece of police work that reveals few absolutes other than that the detectives have survived to serve another day.”

Houston Chronicle

“Even better than their debut […] a great story.”

The Globe and Mail

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