by Barbara Fradkin

This Thing of Darkness

A violent end to a controversial life

In the seventh book in the acclaimed Inspector Green series, an old man is found beaten to death on a street corner in Ottawa's Byward Market. Initially, the killing appears to be a mugging gone wrong. However, the mystery deepens when the victim is identified as Dr. Samuel Rosenthal, a retired psychiatrist with a contentious approach to life and treatment.

Green discovers that the doctor recently changed his will to disinherit his estranged son and to benefit several former patients whom he believed he had failed. But who is the young mystery woman seen visiting Rosenthal's home every Saturday night? And more importantly, what does she know about the doctor’s death?

Green races to track down the young visitor, but he is unprepared for the final resolution, which leaves him grappling with the ultimate meaning of justice.

336 pages / 978-1-894917-85-8 / 5 1/8” x 7 1/2” / $16.95 CDN, $16.95 U.S.

Dream Chasers

A seventeen-year-old sets out to meet her secret lover by an Ottawa waterfall. Three days later, her body washes up in the shallows. The public fears a sexual predator is on the loose, but Inspector Green suspects a more personal connection. His search for answers draws him into the world of elite young athletes, drugs and teenage sexuality. Then a social worker who knows too much disappears, and blood is found in the house of a star with NHL prospects. Unless Green can unravel the truth, how many others will pay the ultimate price for a young man’s dreams?

312 pages / 978-1-894917-58-2 / 5 1/8” x 7 1/2” / $15.95 CDN, $14.95 U.S.

Honour Among Men

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel!

Inspector Green is coping with an office job, still eager to get back into the day-to-day fray of policing. His chance comes when an unidentified woman is drowned in the Ottawa River. In her possession is a Medal for Bravery from a peacekeeping mission.

As Green and his team dig deeper into the military past, Green finds himself sucked not only into the murky past of a peacekeeping unit but into the high-stakes present of a federal election race. What crime was committed in Yugoslavia more than a decade ago? Is someone still killing to prevent that secret from coming to light? And does the diary of a dead soldier hold the key?

352 pages / 978-1894917-36-0 / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / $15.95 CDN, $13.95 U.S.

Fifth Son

Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel!

"...Fradkin pushes all the right emotional buttons while helping Green wade through a quagmire of tragedy and madness. What Fifth Son offers is one exceptional mystery, with even more complex characters and tighter plotting." - The Ottawa Citizen

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.

304 pages / 978-1894917-13-1 / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / $13.95 CDN, $11.95 U.S.

Mist Walker

"...leads us through an unsettlingly realistic investigative maze that lays bare the mine fields surrounding pedophilia. But she does it with sensitivity, without sensationalism and with a plot with legs. Mist Walker is the gold standard for the series." - The Ottawa Citizen

"The author is on her way to making an impact with powerful novel and it should not be missed. Mist Walker is a great original work." - I Love a Mystery

Innocent scapegoat or monster manipulator? Matthew Fraser was an idealistic young teacher accused of molesting a young schoolgirl and acquitted in a sensational case that left the truth hidden and the young teacher's life in tatters. Ten years later, his distraught confidante walks into Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green's office insisting that Fraser has vanished. Green's curiosity is piqued when he discovers that Fraser left behind his beloved dog, a half-eaten dinner and an apartment crammed with research related to his case. Has Fraser fled to escape the wrath of victims, new or old? Or was he innocent all along and spent the last ten years trying to clear his name? And who is Fraser's mysterious email correspondent with the user name Mistwalker?

280 pages / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / ISBN 978-1894917-03-2 / $12.95 CDN, $10.95 U.S.

Once Upon a Time

Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best novel!

"...Fradkin brings the legacy of the Holocaust centre stage, casting the unfolding historical revelations as integral pieces of the crime puzzle. The interplay between past and present makes the events and the people they affected come alive on the page rather than weighing the narrative down with needless exposition." - Quill and Quire

"...a wonderful read for any adult who enjoys a mystery, or learning about Holocaust survivors living in Canada and North America." - Association of Jewish Libraries

"If Fradkin were an American, her books would be best sellers." - Reviewing The Evidence

When an old man dies a seemingly natural death in a parking lot, only Inspector Michael Green finds it suspicious. Something about the closed case has caught his eye - why did the victim have a mysterious gash on his head, inflicted around the time of his death? Talking to the man's family only increases Green's curiosity. They are obviously hiding something about the old man, who lived in isolation as though avoiding painful memories. A search of his house turns up an old tool box with a hidden compartment containing a German ID card from World War II.

Was the victim a Jewish camp survivor or a Nazi soldier trying to escape imprisonment? Or had he been a Polish collaborator who had sold his own people into slavery and death? Could someone have tracked him down for revenge? Even Green, with all his experience, could never have imagined the truth.

The sequel to Do or Die is not only a tightly plotted police mystery, but a compelling tale of unhealed emotional wounds from a time of unspeakable atrocity.

304 pages / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / ISBN 978-0929141-84-8 / $12.95 CDN, $10.95 U.S.

Do or Die

"This is a wonderfully entertaining first novel" - Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks series

Ottawa Homicide Inspector Michael Green is absolutely obsessed with his job, a condition which has almost ruined his marriage several times. When the biggest case of his career comes up, his position, his relationships and several lives are put into grave danger. A young graduate student and scion of a rich family is found expertly stabbed in the stacks of a university library, but no one seems to have the slightest idea why. But as Green probes into the circumstances of the young man's life, a tangled web of jealousy and intrigue is revealed.

Green finds himself in the middle of a rivalry in the delicate arena of university politics, where gigantic egos regularly collide. Was it the diligent but socially inept researcher, or the macho ladies-man golden boy of the laboratory? Or was it a crime of passion involving the over-protective family of his beautiful new girlfriend? When the murderer strikes again, Green realizes that he must waste no time in solving the case, no matter what the consequences may be.

* this title is also available as an ebook from Sony, Kobo and Barnes & Noble

256 pages/ 5 1/8" x 7 1/2"/ ISBN 978-0929141-78-7 / $12.95 Cdn., $9.95 U.S.