In Punishment, his first novel due to the fact finishing his lengthy Stretch trilogy, Scotiabank Giller-winner Linden MacIntyre brings us a robust exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues while ardour replaces cause, in a small city shaken via a sad death.
Forced to retire early from his activity as a corrections officer in Kingston penal complex, Tony Breau has limped again to the village the place he grew as much as lick his wounds, basically to discover that Dwayne Strickland, a tender con he’d had dealings with in criminal is again there too–and once more in difficulty. Strickland has simply been arrested following the suspicious loss of life of a teenage woman, the granddaughter of Caddy Stewart, Tony’s first love.
Tony is quickly stuck in a fierce emotional fight among the outcast Strickland and the nonetheless attractive Caddy. after which one other determine from Tony’s prior, the forceful Neil Archie MacDonald–just retired in murky conditions from the Boston police force–stokes the community’s anger and suspicion and an impossible to resist call for for punishment. As Tony struggles to withstand the vortex of vigilante motion, Punishment builds right into a overall page-turner that blindsides you with twists and betrayals.
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