The Dead of Winter

Peter Kirby

July 2013

Inspector Luc Vanier is drinking his way through Christmas Eve when he is called out to investigage the murder of five homeless people. His investigation takes him into the backrooms of the Catholic Church, the boardrooms of Montreal’s business elite and the soup kitchens and back alleys of street life in winter. The Dead of Winter is the first in Peter Kirby's acclaimed series of Luc Vanier crime novels.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Best First Crime Novel Prize

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. Kirby's three Luc Vanier novels are The Dead of Winter, shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada's 2013 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Book, Vigilante Season, and Open Season, winner of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel; all are published by LLP. 

All three titles have been translated into French by Rachel Martinez: La terre promise (Open Season), Les justiciers d'Hochelaga (Vigilante Season), and Vague d'effroi (The Dead of Winter).

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Size: 8 x 5 in.

Pages: 281

What they say

"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



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