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Ex-cop Eddie Dancer is a private investigator in Calgary, Alberta. When a man approaches him claiming to be a bank robber and asks Eddie to track down his missing partner (and his own share of the loot), Eddie wisely turns him down. But when the supposedly missing partner shows up, claiming the other guy is the one who took off with the money, curiosity gets the best of our hero. It's an interesting premise, and the author develops it well (although there are niggling inconsistencies: for example, would Eddie really take a post-dated check from a man who admits to having just robbed a bank?). Still, Dancer has the feel of an amiable series star, and the Alberta location is something fresh for the genre. Give Dancer another couple of turns around the floor; he may turn out to be somebody. David Pitt
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About the Author

Mike Harrison is a former journalist and freelance investigator. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (May 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550226886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550226881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,719,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DM on October 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Was smart, was funny...up until page 85 when it slid with Danny Many Guns, the OTT uber perfect indigenous Canadian, something like Robert Crais's Joe Pike only x10.

But then whoa on page 97 it rebounded with 'syndrome du bebe secure' (Shaken Baby Syndrome). Hence the name of the book btw, which, given what was happening to these poor girls, is in EXTREMELY bad taste. Disgusting

Anyway I thought it was going to get down now and be more serious, I mean SBS is not a laughing matter. Especially the way it was be done in this story and the sheer numbers of victims. But on page 104 it took the final plunge into la la land with Danny's recounting of his participation in the Sun Dance religious ceremony. You know the one ...
where the native dancers attempt to pull and rip free from bones that have been threaded through their pectoral muscles and tied to a central pole via rawhide thongs. Like a macabre Maypole dance.
I don't know if they still practice this weird bit of the Sun Dance ceremony today but it just doesn't seem likely to me.

Besides Harrison's ott characterization of the all knowing, all seeing, all being Danny, Eddie Dancer's methods progressively go from stupid to stupider to stupidest. Too bad cuz I really enjoyed the first 84 pages. Mike Harrison has potential imho. He can write. He's got wit. He just needs to rein in his wild inclinations.

And again, the title is in extremely bad taste, making me wonder about this Mike Harrison.
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