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Swap: A Mystery

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Toronto’s shadow city sprawls outwards with its vicious and encompassing criminal economy, all the local detectives can do is watch, grimace, and drink, sweeping up detritus left in the wake—dead hookers, corrupt cops, and people too slow or weak to keep up or too stupid to get out of the way. Detroit-born, projects-raised, former soldier Get feels right at home here,...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by ECW Press (first published 2009)
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John Mcfetridge has crafted three (to date) interwoven novels set in modern Toronto a city filled to the brim with numerous ethnic groups, corruption, gentrification, and organized crime. The latter represented mainly by the Hell’s Angels (thinly disguised here) who have in recent years seized violent control of Canada’s rackets. Mcfetridge writes these novels as a dead pan documentaries moving from character to character (some appearing once, some as ongoing characters) from cops to crooks to c...more
This is the third book in the Toronto Series I've read, and my appreciation has only grown for McFetridge's craft. In the guise of a crime novel, which definitely tours the seamy underbelly of Toronto (wait, Toronto has a seamy underbelly?) McFetridge explores a multitude of things--race, Afghanistan vets, 'making it' and what that means, and even post pregnancy career malaise. In this book in particular there is a theme that gets handled by many of the major characters--and there are a lot of t...more
PROTAGONIST: Vernard “Get” McGetty
SETTING: Detroit; Toronto
SERIES: Standalone
RATING: 3.25

Vernard “Get” McGetty served in Afghanistan and returned to his home city of Detroit, where he is part of the leadership of a drug dealing network. At the urging of his mother, he decides to see if they can ratchet up the business. To do so, he hooks up with a Canadian he met in Kandahar. JT is the leader of the Saints of Hell and well connected in Ontario. Get is actually rather surprised at the sophisticat...more
Good series, definitely read in order.
Bernie Charbonneau
This novel was okay. On the book jacket they compare Mr. McFetridge with Elomore Leonard, well that is a long stretch. This novel has a lot of dialoge which Mr. Leonard is famous for but to say he is in the same league in his story telling is in my opionon a comparison that is not fair. This is my first novel by this canadian author and as it was enjoyable I believe it to be more a fun read because the setting was in the Toronto area which is close to home. recommend for the setting and if you a...more
Too many story lines, but still really good.
Quick read. Great dialogue.
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On the back of my books it says:

John McFetridge, author of Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, became fascinated with crime when attending a murder trial at age twelve with his police officer brother. McFetridge has co-written a short story collection, Below the Line. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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