“You brought me back into this because you know what I am. I’m a grinder, I find out everything.”
Bullets squared everything. Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate. Wilson held up his end of the bargain and stayed off the grid for two years. Two years of peace until a man came calling. The man brought a gun and a woman in his trunk. Thousands of miles from home, Wilson learns that the city doesn't let go so easily. The city is more than bricks; it is a machine running on the blood of hard men and women. The hardest man in the city remembers Wilson and he will stop at nothing to get him back.
A dangerous mobster’s nephews are missing and the only suspects are his lieutenants. Wilson is pulled back to once again work under the radar — to quietly find out who is responsible, so it can be settled with screams. Wilson is back to being what he was. He’s a grinder again. All bets are off and before he’s done — everyone will pay.
Mike Knowles studied writing at McMaster University before pursuing a career in education. Knowles became an elementary teacher and currently teaches in Hamilton where he lives with his wife and dog. He is also the author of Darwin’ s Nightmare (ECW).
Published: October 2009
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
"Grinder is made of tougher stuff, with a protagonist vaguely reminiscent of Lee Childs' unstoppable Jack Reacher... This tale of a man trying desperately to atone for his violent past is a stunner, and we can't help but root for this reformed killer as he loosens the ties that bind. Although there's much shoot-em-up action here, the story's real strength lies in the author's exploration of Wilson's troubled soul."— Mystery Scene
“Knowles combines nonstop action with gritty violence to hold the reader's attention. For fans of hard-boiled mysteries." — Library Journal
"A dead centre hit [...] Read Mike Knowles' first novel, Darwin's Nightmare and now, Grinder. They are sharp, focused indications of a fine, new noir talent in our midst. Hang in there for the third." — Hamilton Spectator
“Razor-edged prose [...] readers who like their mean streets really mean will be thoroughly satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly
"picture perfect hardboiled writing. Knowles has a real grasp of the underbelly running under society and his characters all breath with authentic boozy cigarette breath. A great read and a great new voice." — Crimespree