Five Ways to Disappear
A dangerous undercover assignment nearly puts Dion in his grave.
North Vancouver RCMP officers Leith and Dion have a gruesome new mystery lying at their feet. Up in the breezy heights of Paradise Road, a craftsman has been spiked to his lawn by his own artwork. Was it an aesthetics-fuelled feud with the neighbours? An enemy from the past? Or the most challenging of crimes to solve: a random attack?
Drawn into an offside mystery of his own, Dion befriends a young magician, who then seems to make herself disappear. But with the team closing in on the Paradise Road killer, he must put aside his personal dilemmas to take on the lead role in setting a trap for their volatile suspect. It’s a foolproof setup, but even the best laid plans can go awry, and this one leads him straight into a fight for his life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You know you’re in for a strange murder investigation when one of the victims is an artist impaled on his own art—and the other is a unicycle-riding clown. That’s just the start of this enthralling installment in R.M. Greenaway’s long-running B.C. Blues Crime series. Set in bohemian North Vancouver, the story finds officers Leith and Dion heading out to solve a macabre murder on Paradise Road. At first, it looks like a neighborly squabble gone wrong, but soon, not even Canadian friendliness can obscure the darker truth. Greenaway effortlessly throws us misdirections and shocking revelations throughout this captivating thrill ride. Every character has a fascinating and flawed personality, making the quest to find the killer feel up-close and vital. Prepare to go deep inside the mind of each key player in this chilly tale—even the murderer.
In Greenaway's brisk sixth B.C. Blues Crime novel (after 2020's River of Lies), the officers of the North Vancouver RCMP, including lead investigator David Leith, are called early one morning to the home of Lawrence Follick, a brewery employee and hobbyist metal worker. Follick's body lies in his front yard, the spike of a lawn ornament thrust in his throat. Soon afterward, a unicycle-riding clown is killed in a local park. The deceased is later identified as the CEO of the Vancouver branch of Global Health, a pharmaceutical company. This leaves the police looking for his killer and in a quandary about why the man was wearing such a bizarre costume. Since the reader is privy to the identities of the murderers, the suspense lies in seeing how or whether Leith and his colleagues, who often interpret clues and motives differently, will figure out who's guilty. These and other crimes are skillfully entwined into a satisfying skein of serendipitous coincidences. Those who prefer character-driven police procedurals will be rewarded.