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Product Details

  • Series: Jonah Geller Mysteries
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307359565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307359568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Explosive. . . . Having won Arthur Ellis Awards for 2008’s Buffalo Jump and 2009’s High Chicago, Shrier should make it three in a row with this excellent effort.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“There is a reason Shrier consistently wins the Arthur Ellis, Canada’s highest crime fiction award: he tells a really good story. Relish the local color, cultural nuances, and successive waves of action.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“The third Jonah Geller novel by Arthur Ellis winner Howard Shrier is the best so far. Shrier has a great eye for location and a good ear for dialogue. Add those to solid characters and an intriguing plot and you have a winning combination for any mystery lover.”
—Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
 
“Howard Shrier has quickly cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s most gifted thriller writers.”
NOW (Toronto)

About the Author

HOWARD SHRIER was born and raised in Montreal, where he began his career as a crime reporter for the Montreal Star in 1979. Since then he has worked in print, magazine and radio journalism, theatre and television, sketch comedy and improv, and corporate and government communications. He now lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons and is working on his fourth Geller novel.

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Making his debut in 2008 with Buffalo Jump, novelist Howard Shrier introduced readers to Jonah Geller, a gutsy Toronto-based Jewish PI with friends in low places. The book netted Shrier that year's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The sequel, High Chicago, earned him a second Arthur Ellis, this time for Best Novel of 2009--an unprecedented consecutive win. Shrier's latest foray into crime fiction, Boston Cream, could very well make it a hat trick. With but three books under his belt the series has already been optioned for television. Think of an updated version of "The Rockford Files" with a Jewish PI in the leading role. If the film version is anything like the books, it should be a real winner.

Recovering from a concussion at home in Toronto, PI Jonah Geller is approached by a distraught middle-aged couple who ask him to locate their son, Dr. David Fine. A transplant fellow at Boston's Sinai Hospital, Fine's been missing for two weeks. Still suffering from his injuries--and lying to his doctor--Geller is reluctant to take on the case. But the couple's desperation gets to him, so he finally agrees.

Knowing that Jonah's not firing on all cylinders, his partner Jenn joins him on the case. Arriving in Boston they learn that the police have come up empty, unconvinced that Fine hasn't simply taken a time out from a stressful job. But David's brother Micah insists there's no way his brother--the buttoned-down, successful one--would suddenly and voluntarily drop out of sight, leaving his parents to twist in the wind. That leaves Geller with two glaring possibilities, neither of which is good: either Fine's been kidnapped or he's dead. Geller leans toward the latter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evanston Mystery Fan on February 12, 2012
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This series is on a roll, going from solid debut to better second book, and now third outing better yet. The plot idea is different -- a criminal running an off-the-books organ transplant business. Add attempted and successful abductions and plenty of mayhem. The book delivers a very good, well paced read. I look forward to Geller's next case.
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Boston Cream is Howard Shrier's third novel featuring PI Jonah Geller, but a first read of this Arthur Ellis award winning Canadian author for me. It definitely won't be the last.

Geller is just back to work, still feeling the effects of a severe concussion, earned on his last case. If Ron Fine wasn't a family friend, he would have turned him down. Ron hasn't heard from his son in almost two weeks and it's unlike David to not be in touch with his family or miss work - he's a highly skilled surgeon at a Boston hospital. Ron doesn't think the cops in Boston are looking very hard for David and wants his own man on the job. Geller reluctantly agrees, but takes along partner Jenn Raudsepp for help.

Geller and Raudsepp are good, very good. They quickly find clues and connections the cops have missed. But...the bad guys have their sights on Geller and Raudsepp as well. Jenn is kidnapped and Geller is forced to call in another favour from Canada...former hit man Dante Ryan....

I am so glad to have discovered Shrier. Geller is a richly different character - his sense of right and wrong is clearly defined and the path to justice very clear, although it may not always be on the right side of the law. I didn't get to know Jenn as well as I would have liked to in this book, but Geller and Ryan are fiercely loyal and protective of her. I'll have to go back and read the first two in this series Buffalo Jump and High Chicago to get the back story. I am intrigued by Dante Ryan - a hit man who wants to put that part of his life behind him, but won't let his friends down.

I loved the 'local' setting - reading of streets and places in Toronto and imagining Geller walking down them.
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