I love Leo Desroches, the flawed hero of Blood Red Summer. He is a talented reporter for the last print papers in Edmonton whose personal life is disastrous. He is in conflict with his boss, is destroying his on again/off again relationship with a co-worker.He is estranged from his wife and family; without contact with his young son.
When the story opens, Leo has just been released from the Remand Centre where he was serving time for killing a cop but that's a previous book. His boss has given him a last chance because despite his faults, Leo has talents. He's a great reporter. When he covers a young First Nations man's death from overdose , he videos the body droppiing from the stretcher and the body bag coming open. The story suddenly becomes more than a drug overdose and Leo is led into a labyrinth of Canadian diamond smuggling, Native gangs and mining corruption.
Desroches fights his personal demons, experiences beatings and faces likely death as he tries to unravel the evil that led to the overdose killing of the original news story.
Wayne Arthurson is of Cree heritage (so knows first hand some unique problems of First Nations People like Leo Desroches), has worked in many writing-related fields and lives in Edmonton. I really, really hope that this isn't the last of Leo Desroches. Blood Red Summer concludes the trilogy that began with Fall from Grace.
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