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Death Spiral

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This complex, multi-layered thriller opens with a hero�s welcome for the wounded Wilf McLauchlin, a celebrated WWII Canadian Spitfire fighter pilot. Almost immediately after his homecoming, a series of bizarre murders erupt in his hometown. Wilf finds himself trying to solve them and wondering if he is somehow causing them. Wilf follows his own trail back to when he was ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by McArthur Publishing
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Sep 21, 2012 Zhiqing rated it really liked it
An excellent historical crime fiction set in Canada after World War II. Wilf McLachlin, a severely injured war hero, came back home to help at his father’s law office after crashing his plane near Buchenwald. That was when violent crimes started happening around him. With a mind as sharp as a steel trap, the unassuming hero quietly solves one homicide after another with a determination matched by none. With the Nuremberg Trials serving as a background story, Wilf is also trying to piece together ...more
James W. Nichol has given us a well-written, complicated murder mystery/thriller. Beginning with the protagonist Canadian pilot Wilf McLaughlin during WWII, under heavy fire and toward the end of the war, begins his death spiral as his Spitfire speeds to meet the earth the hard way. "I'm dead" is one of his last thoughts.

But death did not claim him. His plane is found days later with him still in it. His injuries are very serious but he is still alive. After several months in hospital, he return
Sep 13, 2016 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK but more to say later. I read this book as part of my mini project to catch up on books that sound like my type of reading and that have won or been shortlisted for Arthur Ellis awards. I quite enjoyed reading it especially as the slightly paranormal sequences and Wilf's dreams make it a bit different than the usual mysteries that I have been reading. Wilf and Carole are pretty strong characters, the supporting cast, both good and evil, are adequately developed, the setting and weather are re ...more
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Dec 23, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
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I was just glued to this book, because it is so different from most mysteries.
Wilf McLauchlin returns to his small Ontario town from World War II an injured hero. He was a Spitfire pilot and his plane went down over Germany in the late days of the war. He lost the use of an arm, walks with a limp and a cane due to his hip injuries and temporarily lost his sight.
Now back home, he struggles with what to do. His father requests that he come into his law office until he goes back to law school in To
Jun 03, 2011 Nancydrew rated it really liked it
Superb Canadian suspense
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Really good, but oh so incredibly creepy!!!
Apr 10, 2011 Chantale rated it did not like it
Another death??!? There were just too many! The plot dragged.
Apr 15, 2016 Gord rated it liked it
Overall a good read! A little muddled and hard to follow at times.Well worth Reading though !
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James W. Nichol has been a prominent playwright in Canada since 1970. Midnight Cab was inspired by his immensely popular radio drama of the same name, broadcast on CBC in thirty-five half-hour episodes. He lives in the country near Stratford, Ontario. Midnight Cab won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the CCWA Gold Dagger. He is currently working on a second novel ...more
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