Mark Lisac's first novel, Where the Bodies Lie, is a who-dun-it which starts with a murder by half-ton truck. Iconic Alberta. Turlock, the murderer, says, "He had the brains of a gopher. That's what you do with gophers-- run 'em over with your truck." It's a bizarre way to kill someone, especially if you are a provincial Cabinet Minister. Turlock is convicted but when Harry Asher, the Premier's old friend investigates Turlock's motive for killing John Apson, ancient secrets and political intrigue lead all the way to the Premier's office.
Asher, a lawyer, recently divorced and a former hockey player, finds himself mired in violence, lies and even a bit of romance. Mark Lisac's experience as a reporter at Alberta's Provincial Legislature gives the story authenticity. His descriptions of the capital, Edmonton, the fictional small town Barnsdale and the countryside are spot on. Even the Wildcat party, the party in opposition,seems real. I enjoyed Mark Lisac's balanced columns when he was a reporter with the Edmonton Journal and I thoroughly enjoyed Where the Bodies Lie. There's plenty of action and more than a little violence. The political insights take you behind the seats of provincial power and reveal a very human story of love, disappointment and betrayal.
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