A Chill Rain in January by L. R. Wright
Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Suspect

With A Chill Rain in January, Edgar Award-winning author L. R. Wright once again creates a marvellously crafted tale of evil and terror, played out against the deceptively tranquil backdrop of the Pacific cost town of Sechelt. In this, Karl Alberg’s third case, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sergeant is called to the scene of a simple accident, only to find himself suddenly involved in the destinies of two very different women.

Zoe Strachan’s life is arranged exactly as she wants it. She has a comfortable house, built to her own specifications, on British private, far away from the past she has left behind. Beautiful and enigmatic, Zoe has no friends and - seemingly - no family. Until her brother shows up one day to tell her that he’s found her childhood diaries, and that unless she pays him what he needs to keep quiet, he will reveal the secret she thought was buried forever.

Ramona Orlitzki’s life used to be arranged as she wanted it. She lived alone in her tidy cottage, went out for walks, kept up with the neighbours’ gossip, and enjoyed her little nip of gin at the end of the day. But now she’s been confined to the village nursing home and she doesn’t like it a bit - so she escapes and goes into hiding, living first in her own house with the shutters drawn, then, fearing discovery, in an old cabin on Zoe’s property. It is a fateful decision.

Against his will, Karl Alberg finds himself being drawn deeper and deeper into these women’s lives - to the detriment of his on-again, off-again relationship with the alluring librarian Cassandra Mitchell. And then suddenly he realises the danger that lies ahead - a danger he must do everything to avert before it’s too late.

Hardcover 1990 edition

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A Chill Rain in January by L. R. Wright

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