The First Thing We Do
Robert Michael Mckenzie
The overworked police have had to deal with 13 murders in the previous eight days, including that of another lawyer, and given that this one was a cocaine addict and had set up a major drug deal that went badly wrong a few months earlier, they decide his murder is a “settling of accounts” and hold off from further investigation. The victim’s father, senior partner Maurice Abrams, calls in Dupont because he wants answers, as does the insurance company which stands to pay out a million dollars to the not-so-grieving widow.
This is a lean, fast-moving, and highly entertaining tale, narrated by Dupont’s associate Gerry McNaughton. It is set in a rich and materialistic world of fine wines and exotic food. However, McNaughton’s investigations also lead him into the shady world of the Lachine Gang (named after the canal where they dispose of their enemies) and face to face with small-time crook Sonny O’Rourke. Then another member of Abrams’ firm is gruesomely murdered in his own office and the other Anglophone lawyers receive death threats. Convicted terrorist Fernand Lafrancoeur is now out on parole – does he bear a grudge against the law firm, or at least its English-speaking lawyers? Is his radical separatist group implicated? Dupont resolves the mystery in a satisfying denouement. mRb