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The Ambitious City

A MacNeice Mystery   |   A MacNeice Mystery: Book 2

Written by Scott Thornley

Published June 26, 2018 | ISBN 9781487003265
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

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Regular price $19.95 CAD

464 pages | 8 in × 5.5 in
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About this book

The Ambitious City

A MacNeice Mystery

A MacNeice Mystery: Book 2

Scott Thornley

The gripping second installment of the MacNeice Mysteries reads like a crossover episode between Sons of Anarchy and Dexter, as Detective Superintendent MacNeice and his team face off against a gang of violent bikers and a bloodthirsty serial killer…

As a local biker war rages — seven shrink-wrapped corpses have been found buried on a farm just outside of Dundurn — an ambitious waterfront project meant to revive the dying industrial city is underway. Dredging is nearly complete when six more bodies turn up at the bottom of the lake. With the body count rising, the situation in Dundurn escalates as a serial killer begins targeting the city’s successful young women of colour.

Outgunned by the bikers and outmaneuvered by the serial killer, MacNeice convinces Fiza Aziz, the young Muslim detective who burned out on their last case together, to come back to the force. Things go well until Aziz deliberately puts herself in the killer’s sights…

About the Author

Scott Thornley

SCOTT THORNLEY grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, which inspired his fictional Dundurn. He is the author of four novels in the critically acclaimed MacNeice Mysteries series: Erasing Memory, The Ambitious City, Raw Bone, and the forthcoming Vantage Point. He was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1990. In 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Thornley divides his time between Toronto and the southwest of France.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Scott Thornley and The Ambitious City:

“Terrific…. Thornley blends history into a really good cop-shop story…. Read this and then look for the first MacNeice book, Erasing Memory.” — Globe and Mail

“No writer grabs the violent new zeitgeist more firmly than Scott Thornley with his second book, The Ambitious City.” — Toronto Star

“Captivating…. Along with a terrific plot, Thornley produces prose that is both hard-hitting and thoughtful…. I’m already anticipating MacNeice’s next investigation.” — Edmonton Journal

Praise for Scott Thornley and Erasing Memory:

“[An] impressive debut … Superb writing, complex and highly likable characters, and the occasional delicious burst of violence definitely make the next books in this series worth watching for.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Not since P. D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh has there been a police inspector as sophisticated as MacNeice.” — Toronto Star

“The reader is … compelled to go on, in part because that killer, if not a superior, twisted mind, is a first-class jerk and we love to see such people get their comeuppance.” — National Post

“Thornley’s intelligent and evocative prose, combined with his depictions of complex police investigations, brings to mind one of Canada’s most prominent, bestselling crime writers, Peter Robinson.” — Quill & Quire

“This series will be a real winner.” — Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“A page-turner with a Sherlockian twist.” — Hamilton Spectator

“An auspicious debut for author Scott Thornley.” — Salon

“MacNeice is a splendid addition to the pantheon of [literary] detectives…. A first-class mystery.” — Vancouver Sun

“For crime fiction junkies, Scott Thornley’s first novel, Erasing Memory, a beautifully written police procedural set in a fictional version of Hamilton, just whets our appetite for more. Our hero, senior homicide detective Mac MacNeice, a literate and complex man who may remind the reader of Peter Robinson’s beloved Inspector Banks, runs an interesting team of investigators dealing with a truly weird murder. Please tell me this is the first of a series.” — Stevie Cameron, author of On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women

“Beginning with a murder unlike any you've ever imagined — or would want to — Scott Thornley spins a gripping tale whose heroes and villains are equally and refreshingly human.” — Howard Shrier, author of Buffalo Jump

Praise for Scott Thornley and Raw Bone:

“This is stellar police-procedural writing that takes in characters, history and, most of all, place. Dundurn is beautifully and sordidly rendered in all its glory as MacNeice tracks a killer with a message…. Those who like solid clue-hunting will love this series.” — Globe and Mail