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No Straight Thing by F. Nelson Smith
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Bear Hill Publishing


“With its vivid atmosphere and unforgettable characters, No Straight Thing is a treat for fans of suspenseful historical fiction.” 

Blueink Review, Starred

“Ultimately heartwarming despite its macabre circumstances, No Straight Thing is an engrossing historical mystery.” 

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Depression Era Alberta is miserable and cruel, but WWI vet, Fergus Muir and his father are getting by. Plagued by guilt and memories of war, Fergus goes through life detached and cynical until he meets a young girl, Cat Perkins, who is the spitting image of his late wife. 

Cat watches helplessly as her family disintegrates. Everyone she cares for is vanishing before her eyes, leaving her all alone. When Cat gets into trouble, Fergus is driven to explore the shadier side of their small town, uncover vagrancy, violence, and hypocrisy, to find the person responsible for the murder of a man he owes his very life to.

If Fergus travels the path to help Cat and himself, he must face his darkest nightmares head on. Can loyalty overcome the corrupting power of guilt?

Title: No Straight Thing

Format: paperback, hardcover

Dimensions: 300 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in., 99K words

Published: April 4, 2018

Publisher: Bear Hill Publishing

Language: English


The following ISBNs are associated with this title: 

ISBN (ebook) 978-1-7750741-1-3

ISBN (hardcover) 978-1-7750741-2-0

ISBN (paperback) 978-1-7750741-0-6

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Mystery author, F. Nelson Smith


Florence Nelson Smith, otherwise known as "Flee" was born in Medicine Hat and has been writing most of her life; novels, short stories and poetry.  She has an accounting designation and a degree in Economics from the University of Alberta. After a career working in various cities in Alberta and British Columbia, she now resides in Red Deer, Alberta.

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