Super 8 Motel detectives
January 25th, 2016
Nelson-based Rachel M. Greenaway will make her debut as an author at the first annual CUFFED Crime Writers Festival program (March 11-13, 2016 at Performance Works on Granville Island).
Her first novel Cold Girl (Dundurn $17.99) has already won the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel and is the first in the B.C. Blues Crime series featuring RCMP investigator David Leith and his team. The story begins with the vanishing of a young rockabilly singer named Kiera in Northern B.C.
In Greenaway’s foreword she says the story is told from the perspectives of Leith and his temporary constable Dion. The police set up shop in the small police detachment in New Hazelton and live across the street in the Super 8 Motel.
“Leith is based on men I know, a composite of wit and cynicism and doggedness, along with a delightful array of flaws,” she writes. “I take Dion’s sense of solitude and vulnerability from my own years working as a court reporter in the Smithers/Hazelton, Terrace area. I have put in my share of miles along that highway. I’ve lost control of my car on icy roads, been trapped by a blizzard in that same motel, and often stood awestruck, like Dion, at the beauty of the North.”
The new CUFFED festival will feature more than 20 crime novelists and writers including journalist Kim Bolan and former Vancouver Police detective Lori Shenher.
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