Vigilante Season

Peter Kirby

October 2013

Montreal’s Hochelaga district is in the throes of gentrification, its drug dealers and prostitutes are disappearing, and Luc Vanier suspects the neighbourhood cleanup may involve murdering the unwanted. The local Police Commander sees only declining crime rates and his improving career prospects, and is willing to go easy on a local militia group that’s expanding its influence. When Vanier is suspended for brutality, he’s on his own. As the threats against him mount, he continues to probe the dark side of progress, fighting to discover who controls the streets. Have the government and police stepped back to allow the militia to impose order? Is the militia the price of order when governments run out of money?

In Vanier's Montreal, thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite, and Peter Kirby follows up his critically acclaimed debut The Dead of Winter ("an auspicious debut from a writer to watch"- The Globe and Mail) with a riveting novel of corruption and street crime.

Peter Kirby practices international law with one of Canada’s largest law firms. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in Brixton, South London. He is recognized by The American Lawyer as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers and called a star in international arbitration by Benchmark Litigation. He lives in Montreal.
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Peter Kirby's book launch takes place Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m. at Paragraphe, 2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal.

Peter Kirby follows up his critically acclaimed debut The Dead of Winter ("an auspicious debut from a writer to watch" — The Globe and Mail) with a riveting novel of corruption and street crime.

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What they say

Publishers Weekly's review of Peter Kirby's Vigilante Season (Dec 2013)

"The novel offers more than a simple tale of the worthy few against the corrupt many. The author, himself a lawyer, provides bold heroes, but he also explores how corruption can be self-sabotaging, the very characteristics that encourage criminal conspiracy driving the conspirators to turn on each other. The result is a novel that, while straightforward, delivers more nuance than is typical for its genre, a promising follow-up to 2012's lauded The Dead of Winter."

Quill & Quire names Vigilante Season one of the five top crime and mystery books of 2013. 

'When Peter Kirby made his debut with The Dead of Winter some eighteen months ago, I was impressed by the strength of the writing coming from the pen of an unknown author. His second novel does not disappoint. His writing has become even more assured, and his ability to capture the atmosphere of various districts of Montreal in all their glory or squalor, coupled with a believable storyline drawn from the headlines, lends his books an immediacy that will keep the reader enthralled." -- Jim Napier,  Montreal Review of Books

"Given the current situation where government corruption is rampant, where gentrification often leads to homelessness, and where authority is often abused, this novel is one for our times. I suggest you pour a glass of Jameson, as would Luc Vanier, then sit back and enjoy a good read. Peter, you’ve done it again!" Anne Forrest, Nuacht (Nov 2013) 

Preview of Vigilante Season in Quill & Quire.

Praise for The Dead of Winter:

"Taut. Claustrophobic. Compelling.” – Will Ferguson

“Powerful. Dark. Raw.” – Kathy Reichs

“Riveting.” – John Farrow

 “Gripping. Compelling.” – Montreal Gazette

“Grim. Convincing. Believable.” – Montreal Review of Books

 “Irishman Kirby joins John Brady and Peter Robinson in the ranks of the best English and Irish ex-pat crime novelists living in Canada.” – Nuacht

 "One of the pleasures of Kirby’s novel is the setting. Thugs and lowlifes rub shoulders with the elite, while the city is pummelled by an endless succession of vicious snowstorms…Kirby puts Vanier through his paces chasing a killer in a book that's fast-paced and enjoyable." -- Maclean's

“Inspector Luc Vanier of the Montreal PD seems a character likely to join the ranks of Canada’s enduring sleuth figures.”- The Toronto Star

"An auspicious debut from a writer to watch" - The Globe and Mail


The alley was dark and only half as wide again as the car. It stank from food scraps leaking from a garbage bag with its belly split open, a feast for rats and raccoons. Someone had written POLICE=CHIENS on the wall, others had dropped cheap bouquets beneath the sign, the flowers already faded and dry. It was easy to see where the kid had fallen; a long dark stain traced a rivulet from the spot where blood spilled from his head, to where it pooled in the middle of the alley.


“Someone cared enough to package him up for disposal," said Vanier. "He wasn’t just killed; he was tortured to death over a couple of hours. Angry junkies don’t do that. Maybe it was his supplier, but why go to the trouble? They took his stash, his money, his weapons, but they also took him. Why didn’t they just kill him there? It’s not an ordinary drug killing. But I don’t know what the hell it is.”



Vigilante Season is available in the United States as of September 12, 2015.

Peter Kirby's book launch
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-8 p.m. at Paragraphe, 2220 McGill College, Montreal.
Pick up your copy of the new Luc Vanier novel, Vigilante Season. And don't forget The Dead of Winter has just been reissued in a SECOND EDITION!

Congratulations, Peter! The Dead of Winter was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

Vigilante Season is on NetGalley!
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