THE WALKER ON THE CAPE
Baico Publishing, Ottawa
249 pages, $ 20.00
Newfoundland, the easternmost province of Canada, joined the confederation in 1945. It is a rugged, beautiful, large island, rich in fish, and other natural resources including off shore oil.
Off shore oil discoveries made this sparsely inhabited land prosperous, although many Newfoundlanders still emigrate to Alberta and Ontario for steady work.
This crime story set in Grand bank is a bout a man everyone thinks died of a heart attack, but then the police discovered that eh was poisoned.
Mike Martin masterfully describes how the local RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) approached the investigation and involved the forensic department in St. John, the capital of the province, to ascertain whether or not the suspicion is true.
After several incidences between the discovery and ascertaining the culprit, Sergeant Winston Windflower finds out about how rich and powerful people behave, use their influence in the community, and bribe officials to get what they want legally or otherwise.
In the process the author describes the culinary delights of Newfoundland i.e cod tongues, flipper pie, partridge beery pie, moose stew to name a just a few.
He also “travels” to nearby St. Pierre, a duty free French territory, with his girlfriend for a little excursion, dinner and courting.
This is an excellent book on crime and criminals written clearly and which engages the reader compelling him/her to turn page after page to find out what happens next.