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 of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing.
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.
Kirby's three Luc Vanier novels to date 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).