“Like [Elmore] Leonard, McFetridge is able to convincingly portray flawed figures on both sides of the law.” — Publishers Weekly
A riveting police procedural
Montreal, Labor Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and 37 people die. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed, and two million dollars’ worth of paintings are stolen.
Against the backdrop of these historic events, Constable Eddie Dougherty discovers the body of a murdered young man on Mount Royal. As he tries to prove he has the stuff to become a detective, he is drawn into the world of American draft dodgers and deserters, class politics, and organized crime.
A Little More Free is a portrait of a city and of an officer, both trying to discover where they stand in a divisive and rapidly changing world.
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John McFetridge first became fascinated with crime when attending a murder trial at age 12 with his police officer brother. After studying writing at Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre, McFetridge worked on film sets before writing screenplays and five novels, including four in his Toronto series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family.
Published: September 2015
Dimensions: 5 x 7.75 in.
“This terrific continuation of the narrative McFetridge began in Black Rock opens with a bang…Working with a deceptively simple style that echoes Joseph Wambaugh, McFetridge has delivered an unpredictable mystery, a fine character study, and a vivid snapshot of 1972 Montreal.” — Publishers Weekly
“Dougherty is an interesting character to embed within real events, and McFetridge is as skilled as the smooth-passing Soviet hockey team when it comes to having him capture some of the tensions and griefs of the times.” — London Free Press
“Intriguing.” — Chronicle Herald
“John McFetridge is the unsung hero of Canadian crime fiction . . . A Little More Free is a captivating read, and the Dougherty series might be the best work of McFetridge’s career.” — Crime Syndicate Magaziner books regarding Canada and its history so, when I saw the blurb for this one, I just couldn't resist. And I was very pleased because it drew me a picture of Montreal during the early 1970s that I would otherwise not know. The setting and storytelling were great." — Paul Phillips, A Reader’s Heaven
“Brilliant … As a police procedural, A Little More Free is superb. As a sociopolitical human drama, it’s even better — remember to breathe during those final few pages.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Dougherty novels is the way McFetridge opens a window on to Canada’s recent and turbulent past.” — Irish Times
“John McFetridge is the unsung hero of Canadian crime fiction . . . A Little More Free is a captivating read, and the Dougherty series might be the best work of McFetridge’s career.” — Crime Syndicate Magazine