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A Little More Free

(Eddie Dougherty Mystery #2)

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Constable Eddie Dougherty returns in this gripping police procedural

Montreal, Labour Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and Constable Eddie Dougherty witnesses the deaths of 37 people. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed and two million dollars’ wo
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by ECW Press
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Andrea
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love the title of this book, which is apparently from a Chicago song called “Flight 602”. And the title perfectly captures the mood of this mystery, set in 1972 – the yearning and the confusion, the desire to be rid of constraints and outdated rules, yet not sure how things will be when the old world is really over and done with. Wanting to be maybe not totally untethered – but just a little more free.

Eddie Dougherty is the hero of this book, a young cop in a tumultuous Montreal
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Sam Wiebe
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
John McFetridge is the unsung hero of Canadian crime fiction. His Toronto novels, including Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows this is Nowhere, offered smooth Elmore Leonard-inspired prose, and characters with a workmanlike (and workwomanlike) approach to crime and crime fighting. His new Montreal series, Black Rock and A Little Less Free, follow the career of Eddie Dougherty, a rookie officer working the divide between Anglo and French Montreal. Black Rock takes place during the FLQ bombings. Doug ...more
Dietrich Kalteis
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of McFetridge's best. Believable characters and a great recreation of Montreal in the early seventies. A must read for mystery fans.
Rob Kitchin
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Little More Free is the second outing for Constable Eddie Dougherty, an anglophone cop working in the largely francophone city of Montreal. The story has two real strengths. The first is Dougherty who is a fairly ordinary cop from a working class background who’s likeable and dogged. The second is the historical contextualisation and sense of place – McFetridge places the reader in the city during the famous Canadian-Soviet ice hockey series and the tail end of the Vietnam war. While the tale ...more
Seana
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love that Eddie Dougherty. My full review is HERE.
Paul Weiss
“Seeing people spilling out of the bars, he realized that the whole city was likely going to shut down for the final game.”

Eddie Dougherty is a constable in the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal. As a man with a French mother and an English father, his life and his thinking sits astride that tall, near impermeable fence dividing what Hugh MacLennan labeled as The Two Solitudes. As a young man whose beliefs are a product of their times, his upbringing and his work environment, it is har
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Ann Tonks
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This police procedural set in the 1970s in Montreal has an impressive tone. The lead character, Eddie Dougherty, is the voice not only of the cross over between French and English In Canada or between young and experienced police officers but also that cultural cross over as the voices of the marginalised - the Vietnam war protesters, people pushing for women's rights and gay rights - start to make themselves felt and accepted. It's a well written piece of fictional history - and a good murder m ...more
Craig M
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A fire in a night club (arson) on the labour day weekend in 1972 in Montreal leaves 37 dead. Eddie Dougherty is involved in the the search for the 3 men responsible for setting the fire. David Murray turns up dead on a staircase, and Eddie looks into his involvement in the drug scene, the war resisters scene, and Murray's gay lifestyle. The theft of some art from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is also tied up in the drug world.

I like the slow pace of this series. Eddie is a "regular constable
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Montreal, Labour Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and Constable Eddie Dougherty witnesses the deaths of 37 people. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed and two million dollars’ worth of paintings are stolen. Against the backdrop of these historic events, Dougherty discovers the body of
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Melanie
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable crime novel, well told and with wonderful characters. The setting, Montreal, is a character in and of itself. Lots of description of places and the political climate in 1970's Montreal.

I enjoyed the way the author developed the characters amidst a swirl of politics, protests, urban development issue, and of course hockey. It is a great introduction to a certain time in our past, and it's also a fascinating crime read. The main character is complex and really worth follow
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Judie
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Little More Free is a wonderful novel - the primary character being the city of Montreal which drives this book and all the characters who couldn't be the same if they weren't from Montreal. I couldn't put this book down and am looking forward to a third, etc. in this series.

This book deserves five stars, but for the French. A lot of it sounds like Google translator - it lacks the vernacular and flavour of Montreal French. So something to improve on for the next book.

Other than the language is
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Wendy Greene
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Low key, enjoyable though it didn't hold me spellbound. I think what I liked most was McFettridge's description of Montreal in the early 1970s. It brought back a lot of memories. One definite annoyance: there were many, many mistakes in the bits and pieces of French dialogue. McFettridge thanks someone for looking over his "poor" French, but he definitely needs more help than what he got.
Kendra
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely a series I'll keep reading. McFertridge has a quirky writing style that perfectly suits his eager detective-wannabe protagonist and the throwback to seventies Montreal setting. I love that the murder mystery is saturated with historical events.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second Eddie Dougherty Mystery is another strong police procedural set in Montreal this time in the summer of 1972 when the city is caught up in the hockey fever of the Summit Series while a war resisters and drug dealers struggle for survival and ascendency.
Gary Van Cott
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
While this book is a bit out of my normal reading range, the fact that it takes place less than 18 months before I arrived at Plattsburgh AFB (60 miles south of Montreal in the US and mentioned in the book) makes it special. I look forward to more in this series.
Colleen
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The story is set in a time that I remember well during my university days. The setting adds the depth to make this not only a good mystery but a social commentary on the times.
Lynn Kearney
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This with or is new to me. Lovely, familiar accounts of life in Montreal in the late sixties, early seventies. Who cares about the mystery.
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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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