Hack Loomis

Created by Michael Blair

Whenever I see him, I nag Montreal author crime writer about his setting his detective series about amateur sleuth/photographer Tom McCall in Vancouver's Granville Island in British Columbia.

"When, oh when," I keep asking, "will he set something in our hometown?"

Well, he's getting closer...

For years he promised a novel, initially titled No Good Deed, that would take place in Vermont and feature Burlington private investigator HACK LOOMIS.

And Vermont, that crazy, finger-on-the-gamepiece, slavery-abolishing, gay-friendly 14th colony, as all Montrealers know, has always had a weird bounce relationship with notre ville. It's American, for sure, and yet somehow it's close. And not just geographically.

Even better, though, is that this one sounds promising, in a what-the-hell kinda way. Seems things are a mite slow in Burlington (shocker, eh?), until a friend of Hack's assistant and sometime-lover Connie Noble drops out of site. Before you know it, Hack's tangled up with a bunch of UFO nuts, a frozen stiff, a kooky psychiatrist, a journalist with hit-or-miss social skills and a hot babe who swears she's in contact with the mothership.

Or something like that.

almost ten years later, in 2015, the novel has been released as True Believers.

Michael Blair is a Montreal mystery writer whose first novel, If Looks Could Kill (2001) was shortlisted for the 1999 Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the 2001 Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Prize. Other novels include Overexposure, A Hard Winter Rain and The Dells.



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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