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Product Details

  • Series: Jonah Geller Mystery
  • 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: #1,816,240 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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The characters are solid, very good and have a good ear for dialogue.
Toni Osborne
Too bad Jonah Geller won't be sticking around Beantown; Spencer fans would have had a worthy replacement.
Jim Napier, mystery & crime fiction reviewer
This series is on a roll, going from solid debut to better second book, and now third outing better yet.
Evanston Mystery Fan

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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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By Toni Osborne on April 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book 3, in the Jonah Geller Mystery

This is a series that is getting better has it moves along. I admit not having read it in sequel but having done so did not remove any of my enjoyment. Each plot is rooted from real events that made the headlines at one time or another. I am a huge fan of mystery series and the Jonah Geller series is high on my preferred list.

“Boston Cream” takes Jonah to Boston where he investigates the disappearance of David Fine, a young surgeon and a transplant specialist. Hired by the man’s father he sets off with his business partner Jenn Raudsepp, who knows the city well. They follow a twisted trail that involves panoply of individuals from the doctor’s boss, members of the mob, a rabbi, a lawyer and a grocer who had also vanished. Since the local authorities are baffled and haven’t made any progress into the missing cases, Jonah takes the lead and with a thorough investigation he uncovers that the disappearances are directly linked to an organ harvesting ring led by Irish mobsters. As the story unfolds Dante Ryan (a recurring character) joins in and they are quickly thrown into a world of organized crime ….where mayhem is sure to break out…..and it does so in an exciting and captivating cat and mouse game….

This is a darker book that the previous in the series and far more violent in many aspects. The plotting is intriguing and weaves a tight and taunting story. The pacing is steady, action packed and non-stopped till the finale. The characters are solid, very good and have a good ear for dialogue. This 3rd book has all the attributes I expected from this genre: the villains are scums, the police are mean and incompetent and a PI from out of town to the rescue….what is not to like….

This is a series on the roll……
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