Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

John McFetridge, Author
John McFetridge, Author . Harcourt $25 (300p) ISBN 978-0-15-101442-2
Reviewed on: 05/05/2008
Release date: 07/01/2008

Canadian author McFetridge’s complex crime caper, whose title comes from Toronto-born Neil Young’s first album with Crazy Horse, follows Toronto police detectives Bergeron and Armstrong as they pursue a variety of cases, starting with the body that falls off a high building and strikes the car windshield of a john just about to enjoy a hooker’s services. Meanwhile, Sharon MacDonald is under electronic house arrest, working angles on expanding her dope business, when she meets a guy named Ray with plans to smuggle literal shiploads of marijuana. A clear disciple of Elmore Leonard, McFetridge (Dirty Sweet ) has almost every character talk and think like Chili Palmer (“That was one thing J.T. learned in Afghanistan—the enemy’s only half your problem, if that”), not a bad thing for a fun read. On the down side, too many subplots start and abruptly end as this noir love song to Toronto plays out. (July)

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