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The Man Who Killed

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Nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of Canada
Nominated 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
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Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published March 15th 2011)
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Alexander Inglis
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 ...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
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 bringin
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.
Austen Black
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!
An enjoyable read once the pace picks up, but some of the language is self-consciously noir enough to be distracting.
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.
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