Someone walked up to Joe 'Shoe' Schumacher's best friend, Patrick O'Neill, in a Vancouver restaurant and shot him dead. It looks like a professional hit, but who wanted O'Neill dead? Was it Victoria, O'Neill's beautiful but damaged wife? Was it industrialist William Hammond, O'Neill's boss, with whom Victoria had a short-lived affair? Or was it Del Tilley, Hammond's head of security, who is obsessed with Victoria? Former cop, professional wrestler, and bodyguard Joe Shoe sets out to find Patrick's killer, and along the way he uncovers dark secrets going back years -- secrets some people will kill to keep.
A Hard Winter's Rain is Michael Blair's second mystery. His first, If Looks Could Kill, was a finalist in the 1999 Chapter's/Robertson Davies Prize and was shortlisted for the 2001 Quebec Writer's Federation First Novel Award. He lives in Montreal, where he works as a freelance technical writer and editor.