When 17-year- old underdog detective Ryan Dooley is confronted with rumours about his girlfriend’s involvement with another guy, his world is pushed to the brink. Now it’s up to him to unravel the increasingly complex truth, or be overwhelmed by the lies and injustice swirling around him. Norah McClintock’s Dooley series is tautly and richly told. The stories explore the often dangerous urban world of today’s teenagers. Far from being a role model, Ryan Dooley is a character who struggles to fight off the temptations that encroach so easily on him, a young man who above all is learning about loyalty and trying to do the right thing.
“Five-time Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award winner, McClintock excels at creating unique characters, and Dooley is one of her best…Highly Recommended.”
- CM Review
“McClintock can write dialogue that so flows with tension you can feel in your throat. The pacing is high-octane, with convincing interludes of introspection and companionship.”- The Hamilton Spectator
Underdog Detective Ryan Dooley has been trying to turn his back on a past that includes a term behind bars, and a life of drugs and booze. When a friend from his past turns up, all Dooley’s good intentions seem in danger of being undermined.
Gritty, hard-edged, Dooley Takes the Fall is the first in a trilogy of mysteries about a troubled teenager struggling to free himself from the tentacles of his past and the implications of the present conspiracies that surround him. When Dooley discovers the body of a kid, the net begins to close around him. Not many are on his side: in fact, at times he even wonders whether his uncle – a retired cop – thinks he’s guilty again. This is a richly detailed novel aimed at older teens.