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THE MYSTICS OF MILE END
Paperback; 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)
It took a while to "get into" this book. Set in Montreal, Canada in a Jewish neighborhood, the story follows a widowed father with his 2 children as the each deal with what being Jewish means to them.
Even with my slow start, I found myself liking the characters more and more. Sigal Samuel's writing style flows well as she tells first the son's story, then the father, and finally bringing everything and everyone together in the daughter's section. Even the neighbors and friends are developed well. A lot of questions, some answers, and an intimate look at each of the major characters as they look for the meaning in their lives.
I enjoyed this second of the Luc Vanier crime novels. While I don't love Luc Vanier in the way that I love Armand Gamache, I do appreciate and enjoy his darker and grittier tales.
Set in Montreal once again, this time focussing on the Hochelaga district, Peter Kirby gets the atmosphere and locale pretty much bang on. And this time, there's quite a bit of despair and darkness swirling around our hero, with the seemingly-hopeless case and the problems in his own personal life. To be honest, while I don't mind gritty and rough, I could have done with a little less doom and gloom. Mind you, there is a dark side to many things Quebecois and Montrealais, so... I guess it makes sense. *LOL*
So, all in all, a good read and one I can recommend if you like gritty police procedurals.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
Recently there has been much debate about what the correct response to prostitution should be. Should sex work be made legal? Should the buying of intercourse be outlawed but not the selling? A total ban perhaps?
I don’t know. My opinion changes and changes. And damn, I don’t know.
One thing that practically everyone can agree on, at least I hope so, is that underage prostitution needs to end. Though detailing a case from the mid-1990s, Jessome’s Somebody’s Daughter is a good example of way this should be so.
Jessome’s book details the investigation into a prostitution/trafficking ring that funneled girls from Nova Scotia and other areas into Montreal and Toronto. The ring was controlled largely by men from the Halifax area. Jessome is mostly concerned with following the outcome of the investigation as well as the struggles of some of the young girls to leave prostitution behind. He also chronicles how the young girls became prostitutes and what their lives were like while in “The Game”.
While Jessome does present a brief outline of the rise of prostitution in the area, and hints at the vast amount of money that can be earned, the focus is primary on the more personal stories. This is hardly surprising because personal stories have an impact that raw statics do not have. I did find myself wishing at times that I had better grasp of the finical situation. How much in raw numbers did the various women in each “stable “bring in, for instance. That aside, Jessome’s writing is gripping. He does not make the young girls into hapless and passive victims. The ones that he chooses to follow come from varying circumstances, so you are not hearing the same stories over and over again.