Charlie Tate & Elodie Gray
Created by Lee Lamothe
Talk about an odd couple... no wonder they drink so much.
CHARLIE TATE is a failed journalist turned muscle-bound biker with a shaved head and a colourful past (and a couple of kids) who works as an under-the-table P.I. and sometime-goon specializing in getting his clients' dough back from various miscreants. Suffice it to say his methods may not always endear him to law enforcement personnel. Still, he gets the job done.
His professional and personal partner is ELODIE GRAY, a wealthy, wheelchair-bound 75-pound "bone sack" from the good side of town who just happens to be a world-class hacker and computer whiz.
Together, they maintain an impressive client list that includes some of Toronto's most powerful corporations and high-profile citizens. Their forte is vetting prospective business partners and nailing white-collar thieves, with Elodie serving as the brain and Charlie supplying the muscle. His sideline in "debt re-allocation" is just icing on the cake.
But their Toronto is fracturing around social, cultural and political lines, with anarchy on the rise and riots the order of the day. And then, in their much talked about The Finger's Twist (2009), the mismatched couple is hired to investigate a bombing attempt at the Ontario legislature supposedly committed by a terrorist group -- whose members may include Charlie's own daughters.
A Toronto journalist known for his investigations into the seamy underworld of organized crime, Lee Lamothe travels widely in Asia and Europe. He's written several bestselling non-fiction books on organized crime, including Bloodlines: The Rise and Fall of the Mafias Royal Family and The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia and the Rise of Vito Rizzuto. He's also written a few other crime novels, including The Last Thief and Free Form Jazz (2010), and has promised to continue the Tate and Gray series.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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