Old Scores (#3)

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When a music producer is found strangled in his apartment, Toronto police detective Barry Gilbert immediately recognizes he is no ordinary victim. Glen Boyd had a prodigious list of enemies, men and women who have any number of reasons to kill him. Even Gilbert himself once wanted to murder the man.

From Boyd’s ex-wife to a rock guitarist to a notorious drug kingpin, the victim’s shady business dealings have affected many. But there is one person Gilbert refuses to include on his suspect list, even though evidence keeps piling up against her—Regina, the woman he has been married to for the last twenty years. With outside pressure mounting, Gilbert must embark on a distressing personal journey to find the true culprit behind this crime before his family is torn apart.


“Devilishly plotted and populated with carefully drawn, motivated suspects. The whole is superbly anchored by Gilbert, a decent, hardworking family man who forges ahead despite the possibility that all he holds close may soon collapse around him. A fine, fine effort.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“A neatly turned presentation of the classic too-close-to-home scenario, with a particular flair for bringing each of Glen Boyd’s sorely used victims to life.”


“A satisfying series.”

Library Journal

“A plot that is bound to hold his readers, and in Gilbert, he had invented a hero certain to elicit sympathy. As a bonus, Mackay has the knack of drawing readers into moral dilemmas faced by his characters. OLD SCORES should prove to be a stepping stone to greater success for Mackay. There is room in Canada, and in crime literature generally, for more writers like him.”

Halifax Chronicle Herald

“A pleasure to have such an appealing hero to root for.”

New Mystery Reader

“An excellent police procedural, and Barry Gilbert is a human and believable cop. I’m happy to discover that this book is the third in the series. That means I can go out and buy the other two.”

Peter Robinson, award-winning mystery author

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