THE POISONED PAWN
When Cuban Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is dispatched to Canada and told to bring home a priest found in possession of child pornography depicting Cuban children, he knows his job will be hard enough. But it gets worse once he’s in Ottawa, and women in Havana start dropping dead from a mysterious toxin. Worried about his family, powerless to help pathologist Hector Apiro, and faced with the threat of a Canadian travel advisory that could shut down Cuban tourism, Ramirez tries focus on his mission. As he does, he untangles a web of deceit and depravity that extends all the way from the corridors of power in Ottawa to those of the Vatican, and uncovers a cold-blooded killer.
The Poisoned Pawn is the gripping, fast-paced sequel to the award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar’s Opera. Evoking the crumbling beauty of Old Havana and featuring Inspector Ramirez, a man haunted by the victims of his unsolved cases, it’s perfect for fans of Donna Leon and Martin Cruz Smith who love exotic settings and unforgettable characters.
Peggy Blair was a lawyer for more than thirty years. A recognized expert in aboriginal law, she worked both as a criminal defence lawyer and Crown prosecutor. Her critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar's Opera won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader's Choice contest and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Debut Dagger Award. The Poisoned Pawn is the second in the Inspector Ramirez series. Peggy Blair is named in Canadian Who's Who. She lives in Ottawa.