GHOSTS IN THE BROTHEL

There’s a new mob in town. The Gladiatori (Warriors of God), a ruthless bunch of thugs hatched in Campobasso, Italy, more than a century ago with a religious mission to reap its own kind of justice in a world gone wrong. It controls all the prostitution in Toronto but it can’t control one of its sex workers who has shocked the city and threatens its reputation among the criminal class and its business with the bizarre murder of one of its enforcers in one of its own brothels. What’s more, she’s

escaped and the hunt for her is on by both the mob and the police. It’s another challenge for detective sergeant Tara Street, recently returned from some time back home in Australia. This time around, she is burdened with a new partner who’s already become a pariah in the force and with a new Chief who’s a throwback to the dark ages of policing and rumoured to be too close

to the mob.

Murders begin to pile up as the big boss of the Gladiatori, known as the guardian angel, is rapidly becoming unhinged.

What’s more, there’s hysteria among the brothel girls who believe ghosts are at the root of all the recent goings-on inside. This is a case worthy of all the ingenuity that DS Street can muster up. Here’s an unconventional cop with wit and a tendency to get involved in romantic interludes along the way.

This is a cracker of a case in this original crime fiction series.

THE TANGERINE MURDERS

When a young server is found dead with her throat cut inside a popular club in Toronto’s Chinatown, the spunky Aussie-born detective sergeant Tara Street takes on her first homicide case. Controversy about the color of the victim’s blood, few leads plus Street’s risky love interests and challenges to her leadership add up to an investigation going nowhere. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going any street will take you there. But after a second murder, this Tara Street is galvanized to ally with a group of well-connected civilians and she now knows where she and her partner must go. It is a journey into the murky underworld of human slavery from the brothels of Toronto to the sweatshops of Southeast Asia that serve to break the bones and spirits of women and children being prepared for market. It is all about money and the girls are simply dispensable. In the pursuit of killers …

DS Tara Street finds that for her to do good it helps to be bad. After all… good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere (Mae West)

 

“This book takes you on a realistic, gritty ride” - Police Officer (anon)