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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Detectives Price and McKeon are called to the scene — a husband and wife found slumped in their car, parked sideways on a busy downtown on-ramp, a bullet in each of their heads. That's what's in the papers, and that's all the public sees. Toronto the Good, with occasional specks of random badness. But behind that disposable headline, Toronto's shadow city sprawls outwards, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by ECW Press (first published 2009)
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Adam
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-comedy, noir
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
Nigel Bird
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Saints Of Hell have pretty much sewn up the criminal world of Toronto. There’s still a mob of Italians and a rogue gang of bikers to share the turf with, but that’s not likely to be the state of play forever.
The novel begins with Get, a US army veteran, transporting arms to The Saints in the hope that he can open up drugs supplies for his mother’s business in Detroit. While in Canada, he hooks up with his contact, JT, who shows him the ropes and reveals just how well-structured the set-up o
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Maddy
Feb 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
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Seana
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Annie Goldman
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
couldn't finish this book. too many profanities per word. not for me.
Larry
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Good series, definitely read in order.
Dan
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: related-books
Quick read. Great dialogue.
Derek
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
See the review at Murder on the Internet Express
Sean
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many story lines, but still really good.
Adam  McPhee
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: canlit, crime-fiction
Sunitha the Torontoized version of Omar from The Wire was clever but otherwise the book was a bit of a letdown.
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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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