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eBook Beach Strip ePub

by John Lawrence Reynolds

  • ISBN: 144340814X
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: John Lawrence Reynolds
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st Edition edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Pages: 288
  • ePub book: 1883 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1987 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 896

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John lawrence reynolds. To the memory of Wayne Ewing, who understood the souls of the beach strip and of Lester Young, and who celebrated both in his quiet and dignified style.

John lawrence reynolds. It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal.

Beach Strip JOHN LAWRENCE REYNOLDS To the memory of Wayne Ewing, who understood the souls of the beach strip and of Lester Young, and who celebrated both in his quiet and dignified style It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal. That is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth life, but to the sex that kills. Simone de Beauvoir Brevity is the soul of lingerie

John Lawrence Reynolds. The warm Tina and the cool Andrew awaited me at the airport in Vancouver, Tina running toward me with arms outstretched and Andrew hanging back, clutching a bouquet of flowers. The warm Tina and the cool Andrew awaited me at the airport in Vancouver, Tina running toward me with arms outstretched and Andrew hanging back, clutching a bouquet of flowers riving at her honeymoon resort. I survived the hugs and took the flowers and Tina’s arm, and we all walked out of the airport and into Andrew’s Lexus, Tina boasting about the Vancouver weather and the dinner that she and her new maid, Goldie, were planning for us, while Andrew drove us past glass walls and greenery

John Lawrence Reynolds is a Canadian author. He has published more than 20 fiction and non-fiction books. Two of his novels won the Arthur Ellis Award-The Man Who Murdered God (1990) and Gypsy Sins (1994)

John Lawrence Reynolds is a Canadian author. Two of his novels won the Arthur Ellis Award-The Man Who Murdered God (1990) and Gypsy Sins (1994). Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he has lived in Burlington for several years. Reynolds was born in Hamilton, Ontario to John Henry and Mable Irene (née Winegarden) Reynolds. His childhood there has been characterised as "less than idyllic, rife with upheaval and poverty.

by John Lawrence Reynolds. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9781443408141.

I’d rather laugh in bad taste than cry in good taste  . I will check out other books by John Lawrence Reynolds!! !

I’d rather laugh in bad taste than cry in good taste  . Aug 04, 2013 Serena rated it liked it. I'm invited to a couple of book club meetings a month, usually to discuss BEACH STRIP plus my ghost-writing activities. Seniors Real Estate Group.

Used availability for John Lawrence Reynolds's Beach Strip

Used availability for John Lawrence Reynolds's Beach Strip. June 2012 : Canada Hardback. July 2013 : Canada Paperback.

Burlington, On. writer John Lawrence Reynolds begins Beach Strip, Reynolds’s first crime novel in nine . For another obstacle, he confines the book’s major action to the strip of beach where Gabe the cop perished and the widow Josie continues to live

Burlington, On. writer John Lawrence Reynolds begins Beach Strip, Reynolds’s first crime novel in nine years, with the death of a woman’s husband at a beach. For another obstacle, he confines the book’s major action to the strip of beach where Gabe the cop perished and the widow Josie continues to live. As the story unfolds, the matter of the locale - will we never get off this dratted beach? - gives the book a mildly irritating sense of claustrophobia. On the other hand, Reynolds blows away the potential problem of getting the female voice just right. Josie turns out to be the best thing about the book.

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"I’d rather laugh in bad taste than cry in good taste."

That’s how Josie Marshall deals with the death of her detective husband, Gabe, found naked outside their home on the beach with a bullet in his brain. Everyone calls it suicide. Josie knows it isn’t . . . but fears it could be. After all, she had provided Gabe with a motive. The clues are so strong that even Josie begins to believe Gabe shot himself. But when a horrific slaying occurs literally at her feet, she knows Gabe was murdered, and her determination to prove it carries her toward dark corners of the beach strip and exposes the darker sides of its residents. Fending off her fears with humour and outrage, she encounters a drug-crazed drifter, an organized-crime boss with romance on his mind, a woman with a murderous past and a pervert who’s been frequenting her garden shed. When a chance remark leads Josie to the astonishing truth of Gabe’s death, her story takes a shocking turn that no one could have seen coming.

Comments

lubov lubov
The first paragraph of Beach Strip convinced me I had discovered another great author. The characterization is superb, the setting descriptions amazing… and it all takes place in Hamilton, my home town, sort of. I grew up in Burlington mostly, as did author John Lawrence Reynolds, but we all know the Beach Strip. Reynold’s is well qualified to describe the strip in all its not-so-glorious glory. From the HQ of Hell’s Angels–of whom three were friends–to the Dines Tavern –now condos I’ve actually sold–Reynolds captures life on the strip the way all of us locals see it: grimy, slow paced, but mysterious.

What better place to set a murder mystery? Admittedly, if I hadn’t known the story takes place in my own home town, I don’t think I would have purchased it. The story seemed a little slow, the plot okay. But the characters and the strip itself–also a character–held my attention throughout. When googling Mr. Reynolds to see what else he’d written, I was amazed to find he’s a Canadian legend and has won many awards. He’s also the ghost-writer author of “Driven” by that Dragon’s Den guy. I knew that guy couldn’t write that good; it was Reynolds.

It’s not exactly a police procedural because the cops don’t solve the crime. But it’s a good read from a great writer. If you’re a local, of course, read it just to see if you can decipher what landmarks he’s changed names of…to protect the innocent. It’s a step back in time if you’ve lived here long enough.
Kelenn Kelenn
Great book the description of beach strip was so spot on. Lived here since 69 so loved the Hamilton baclground. Mr Reynolds spoke at a group I'm a member of he's also a great story teller.
Thomeena Thomeena
Canadian novelist John Lawrence Reynolds first made his mark in crime fiction in 1989 with The Man Who Murdered God. He followed that with five more novels, in the process winning two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel, among other honours. Now, after almost a ten-year spell of writing non-fiction, Reynolds has turned out a new novel, and he's lost none of his edge.

Gabe Marshall is a police detective, and after he and Josie have each put failed marriages behind them, they are trying to carve out a measure of happiness in a modest beach cottage on the shore of Lake Ontario that serves as their refuge from a troubled world. Or were, until one horrible evening when Josie returns home to find officers swarming over the site, marking off a grassy section of the beach with yellow tape, and inside that Stygian landscape, Gabe Marshall lying among the grass with a bullet in his brain.

Gabe's death seems clearly a suicide, and Josie's immediate thought is that somehow he discovered that she had been having an affair with one of his fellow officers. When her sister descends on Josie from Vancouver to give her support, she notices an expensive ring that Gabe had recently given Josie. It's way beyond what a policeman can plausibly afford. Josie is evasive, uncertain how Gabe had acquired it. Unspoken between them is the question, had Gabe been on the take, and was the ring somehow implicated in his death?

Despite questions from the investigating officers, and a media scrum that lays waste to her privacy, somehow Josie makes it through the next few days. When the bullet that killed Gabe is traced to his own gun, and paraffin tests reveal that he had fired the weapon, Josie still denies that it was suicide.

Refusing a departmental ceremony, she has Gabe's remains cremated, and takes his ashes past a nearby drawbridge to the canal to return them to the natural environment they both loved. She hears a man's voice telling her he knows what happened, but the drawbridge horn sounds, warning that the bridge is about to be raised, almost knocking her over with its force, and causing her to drop the box that had contained Gabe's remains. When she regains her senses the man is nowhere to be found. She returns home, and only later goes back to recover the box. Josie finds more than she expects: the remains of a man at the foot of the canal, his head crushed by the bridge's massive concrete counterweight. Was it a macabre accident, or did he really have something to tell Josie about her husband's death?

Before her quest is over Josie will fight a department that has made up its mind about Gabe's death, and be forced to enter the shadowy world of his work. While getting to the bottom of things she will grapple with a druggie that shows up at her front door and a prowler in her back yard, and she will confront a local crime boss who is either her worst enemy or a valued friend. And in the process Josie will learn that betrayal takes many forms, sometimes that of someone who is closest to us.

Reynolds is a seasoned professional, and it shows. Beach Strip is an engrossing read, with a strong sense of place and characters that are both believable and engaging. Nicely paced, with several twists and a storyline that will hold the reader's attention, it marks the welcome return of an accomplished writer to Canadian crime fiction. Let's hope there are many more such tales in the offing.

--Jim Napier, professional mystery and crime fiction reviewer
Simple fellow Simple fellow
After too long an absence, John Lawrence Reynolds, makes a welcome return to crime fiction with "Beach Strip" featuring a glib, determined protagonist, a murder plot with more turns than a California coastal highway and enough shady characters for a crime noire festival. Josie Marshal refuses to believe her detective husband Gabe killed himself when his body is found on a blanket on the beach strip behind their home naked with a bullet in his head. Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to suicide, Josie, armed only with unshakable faith in her husband and the sharpest wit this side of Dorothy Parker, sets out to prove that darker forces are responsible. The further she moves from light to dark, the more she discovers that the familiar beach strip with its sunny gardens, cheery neighbors and daily bustle is much less than it seems. After alienating the police force Gabe served and turning to a crime boss for help, Josie seems to have come to a dead end. Then a casual anecdote sparks a thought that leads Josie to the truth behind Gabe's death. Reynolds masterfully brings Josie to life by telling the whole story through her voice. If you are a fan of well written, fast paced crime fiction that drags you into the action, then "Beach Strip" is a must read.
Agalen Agalen
Beach Strip has been chosen the 'One Book One Burlington' for this year; since I loved last year's choice so much, I decided to try it... and then I wasn't able to put it down until I was done :)

Beautifully written, with great humour and lovely descriptions of the town I call home, with a story that's thrilling and beautiful (in some twisted ways) at the same time. I absolutely loved it.
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Excellent mystery novel, by an excellent author. John Reynolds works should be more readily available in the US. He has published over 30 fiction and non-fiction works