Fifth Son

Fifth Son

Book - 2004
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Accident or suicide? That's the simple question put to Inspector Michael Green when a derelict stranger falls to his death from an abandoned church tower in a quiet river village at the edge of his jurisdiction. But when the victim turns out be a long lost son of a local farm family cursed in recent years by tragedy, madness and death, Green begins to suspect something far more sinister is at work. Probing the family's past, he uncovers a toxic mix of rigid fundamentalism, teenage rebellion and a family secret so horrific that twenty years later, someone is still desperate to prevent the truth from coming to light.

Publisher: Toronto : RendezVous Crime, c2004
ISBN: 9781894917131
1894917138
Branch Call Number: M FRA
Characteristics: 299 p. ;,19 cm

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gloryb
Feb 22, 2014

Fradkin uses many scenarios and peppers the novel with many questions about a murder that happened many years ago on an Ontario farm and about a murder that happened in the village close to that farm recently. With 5 brothers and 2 families that were neighbors, Fradkin has a barrel of red herrings to throw out. As usual the culprit is the least obvious character. Fradkin includes some of Green's homelife, but not much so that dialogue doesn't slow the action, but provides some welcome relief and allows for time for pass between his actions.

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RedLeaf
Jun 08, 2012

The Fifth Son is the fourth book in the Inspector Green series and was awarded the 2005 Arthur Ellis award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. The story has many characters so the reader needs to keep track of who is who. As the identity of the victim is an issue during the first half of the book keeping the names and the characteristics clear is helpful in following the plot line. This is particularly true for the five Pettigrew brothers as they are introduced.

The main arc of the story is set in a small Ottawa Valley town and explores how a functional family of five sons became a dysfunctional family and leads to a murder twenty years later. However, with the multitude of characters there are also several sub-stories some of which are incidental to the main theme but further develop the continuing characters in the series.

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