Open Season

Peter Kirby

September 2015

LITERARY CRIME

A Guatemalan journalist is kidnapped, and the only message from her kidnappers is the murder of her lawyer. In a race against time, Luc Vanier sets about reconstructing her life, through the sordid world of human trafficking, the secretive underbelly of a multinational mining corporation, and the hiding places of desperate refugees. When Vanier is brutally warned off the investigation, he throws away the rule book and goes after the villains with a vengeance.

WINNER, 2016 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL


Peter Kirby was born in Ireland and grew up in the hardscrabble neighbourhood of Brixton in South London. He came to Canada as a cook, went to university at night, and eventually became a lawyer. He now practises international law in one of Canada’s largest law firms and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers. His previous books are The Dead of Winter (2012) and Vigilante Season (2013), both published by LLP. He lives in Montreal.

Peter Kirby's Open Season is declared the WINNER of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Novel. Here's what the Jury had to say about Open Season:

"Of the 82 novels we read for the Best Crime Novel category, many met our criteria for excellence, fulfilling their promise with interesting puzzles, believable stories and memorable characters. All five of our short-listed titles were outstanding, each in their own way, but Open Season, by Peter Kirby, stood out as especially strong. Open Season is a smart page-turner with a complex, skilfully drawn plot and an engaging puzzle. Inspector Luc Vanier must untangle the tentacles of human trafficking, government and corporate corruption, from the highest halls to the underpasses of Montreal, to the mining villages of Guatemala. The story features vivid, suspenseful action scenes – for example, the moments when a desperate young prostitute is being hunted down by the Russian mob are almost unbearable. This is a police procedural, gritty and noirish, with an extra spark that compelled each of us to read it almost all in one go, from the stunning opening scenes to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion. Vanier himself has great depth – he is sharp, believable and human, with a willingness to bend the law to exact vengeance, but he remains a moral centre in a troubled world. Open Season is the third of Peter Kirby’s Luc Vanier novels. You don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one – but you will want to."

 

"A perfectly plotted, nicely paced, edge-of-your seat thriller that also has gravitas.—Montreal Review of Books, Summer 2015.

 

Open Season is the third Luc Vanier novel published by Linda Leith Publishing, after The Dead of Winter (2012) and Vigilante Season (2013).

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September 6, 2015: Open Season author Peter Kirby is interviewed by CBC Radio host Sonali Karnick on All in a Weekend. Here's a teaser from the CBC website: 
"Human trafficking and refugee claims are just two of the issues that author Peter Kirby tackles in his latest crime novel. He didn't have to look far for inspiration. Kirby talks about basing his fiction in reality."

August 26, 2015: Richard King reviews Open Season, the new Luc Vanier novel by Peter Kirby, on Home Run. "Open Season by Peter Kirby is a well-plotted can't-put-down mystery with terrific characters" 

July 3, 2015: The first review of Peter Kirby's much-anticipated new Luc Vanier novel, Open Season, is out—and it's excellent. 

Reviewer Jim Napier writes: "Is it too early in the series to call Open Season a breakout novel? Kirby’s two previous Vanier stories were also deftly crafted, well-told tales, but his latest work steps up the intrigue several notches, resulting in a perfectly plotted, nicely paced, edge-of-your seat thriller that also has gravitas; and it has all the earmarks of a winner. Open Season may quite possibly be one of the best Canadian crime novels of 2015." Montreal Review of Books, Summer 2015.

The book will be published September 12th.



WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE LUC VANIER BOOKS:

 

The Dead Of Winter, shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Book:

·      “Taut. Claustrophobic. Compelling.” – Will Ferguson

·      “Powerful. Dark. Raw.” – Kathy Reichs

·      “Riveting.” – John Farrow

·      “Gripping. Compelling.” – Montreal Gazette

·      “Vanier reveals himself as a worthy series detective.” Sarah Wineman, National Post.
 

Vigilante Season, named by Quill & Quire as one of the year’s 5 best crime books

·      “Vigilante Season is a fine tale that can hold its own with the best of what’s out there.” – Jim Napier, Montreal Review of Books.

·      “The novel offers more than a simple tale of the worthy few against the corrupt many…[it] delivers more nuance than is typical for its genre, a promising follow-up to 2012′s lauded The Dead of Winter.” – Publishers Weekly.

·      “This novel is one for our times. I suggest you pour a glass of Jameson, and sit down and enjoy a good read.” Ann Forrest, Nuacht.

 

Notable

May 26, 2016: Peter Kirby's Open Season is declared the WINNER of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Novel.

Here's what the Jury had to say about Open Season:

Of the 82 novels we read for the Best Crime Novel category, many met our criteria for excellence, fulfilling their promise with interesting puzzles, believable stories and memorable characters. All five of our short-listed titles were outstanding, each in their own way, but Open Season, by Peter Kirby, stood out as especially strong.

Open Season is a smart page-turner with a complex, skilfully drawn plot and an engaging puzzle. Inspector Luc Vanier must untangle the tentacles of human trafficking, government and corporate corruption, from the highest halls to the underpasses of Montreal, to the mining villages of Guatemala. The story features vivid, suspenseful action scenes – for example, the moments when a desperate young prostitute is being hunted down by the Russian mob are almost unbearable.

This is a police procedural, gritty and noirish, with an extra spark that compelled each of us to read it almost all in one go, from the stunning opening scenes to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion. Vanier himself has great depth – he is sharp, believable and human, with a willingness to bend the law to exact vengeance, but he remains a moral centre in a troubled world.

Open Season is the third of Peter Kirby’s Luc Vanier novels. You don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one – but you will want to.
 

22 April 2016: Congratulations Peter KirbyOpen Season has just been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel! And this after his first novel, The Dead of Winter, won first a 2010 Unhanged Arthur and was then shortlisted for a 2013 Arthur Ellis Award for First Novel.

Well done, Peter!


October 6, 2015: Mark your calendars! Peter Kirby's Book Launch will take place at Paragraphe Books, Montreal, on October 6th, 6-7.30 p.m.

September 12, 2015: Publication date for Peter Kirby's Open Season. The first two chapters here.

Peter Kirby's official website is here.

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