One of the best in the excellent Mercury Midnight Original series. What makes this a standout are the characters. The plot blazes like a house afire.
Simpson’s crafty plotting, together with his easy command of the book’s characters and Toronto locales, makes this a must read. This has all the hallmarks of an enduring series.
John Worsley Simpson takes us to a hot summer in Toronto. The body of a 78-year-old jewel courier is found, stabbed, in an office building. Homicide detective Harry Stark is called in. As Stark begins to dig into the victim’s life, he runs into his old nemesis, Sal Martineri, a slippery criminal Stark has never been able to pin anything on. Counterpoint is Simpson’s second murder mystery. With it, he proves he is a new Canadian writer worth watching
The third novel by Toronto author Simpson, is his best. Corbett Chesley is running near Toronto’s High Park when he’s run down by a driver who stops, not to get help, but to make certain Chesley is dead. There’s no evidence to lead the police but when another man is killed, Homicide Detective Harry Stark begins to see a pattern. Young men with no enemies and great expectations are being killed one month apart. There are no obvious links between victims and that’s when Stark and his partner have to uncover a serial killer.