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Outside the Line

A Peter Ellis Mystery

by Christian Petersen

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police procedural, hard-boiled
list price: $11.99
also available: eBook
category: Fiction
published: 2009
publisher: Dundurn Press

Peter Ellis is a rookie probation officer in interior British Columbia when he gets saddled with a file that goes sideways. He’s not in the best headspace to start with, since his marriage broke down last winter. Now it’s the middle of summer, the rodeo’s coming to town, and the one solid thing left in his life, his job, suddenly bucks him hard.

Former NHL player Todd Nolin is Peter’s new "client." Peter’s job is all about risk management, and Nolin is a good bet to commit more mayhem. The victim is Todd’s wife, Marina Faro, who has been badly beaten and feels her estranged husband is bent on killing her.

Peter grapples with his need to keep Marina safe while maintaining a rein on his own attraction to her. There’s no doubt that the local hockey hero is dangerous, but Marina’s something of a puzzle herself. All Peter knows is he’s drifting outside the line, and what lies beyond may be death.

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Contributor notes

Christian Petersen's stories have been anthologized in the 1997 edition of Best Canadian Stories (ed. by Douglas Glover) and West By Northwest: B.C. Short Stories. He has published in Event, Prism international, Pottersfield Portfolio, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead and TickleAce. He has a BA in Writing from the University of Victoria and has worked with Jack Hodgins and Steven Heighton. He lives in Williams Lake, BC. Let the Day Perish is his first collection of short stories.

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