In Punishment, his first novel for the reason that finishing his lengthy Stretch trilogy, Scotiabank Giller-winner Linden MacIntyre brings us a robust exploration of justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues while ardour replaces cause, in a small city shaken by way of a sad death.
   Forced to retire early from his activity as a corrections officer in Kingston prison, Tony Breau has limped again to the village the place he grew as much as lick his wounds, simply to discover that Dwayne Strickland, a tender con he’d had dealings with in criminal is again there too–and once more in difficulty. Strickland has simply been arrested following the suspicious loss of life of a teenage lady, the granddaughter of Caddy Stewart, Tony’s first love.
   Tony is quickly stuck in a fierce emotional fight among the outcast Strickland and the nonetheless beautiful Caddy. after which one other determine from Tony’s earlier, the forceful Neil Archie MacDonald–just retired in murky situations from the Boston police force–stokes the community’s anger and suspicion and an impossible to resist call for for punishment. As Tony struggles to withstand the vortex of vigilante motion, Punishment builds right into a overall page-turner that blindsides you with twists and betrayals.

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Strickland, used to be the fellow who …” From the place he sat, Sullivan referred to as out, “Objection …” The pass judgement on looked as if it would smirk at Jones. “I imagine you want to ask a question. ” “Would you compromise that Dwayne Strickland used to be thought of, on the institution, as a provider of substances in your schoolmates? ” “They acknowledged that. ” “And your good friend Maymie Stewart turned a part of the gang of teens who could visit Strickland’s position to … socialize. ” “Yes. ” “But you by no means went? ” “No. ” “And that used to be since it was once in general recognized that there has been relatively just one reason behind humans of your age to be traveling a guy who was once a lot older and who had a reasonably notorious …” Sullivan was once on his toes yet Jones had already given up. “No additional questions. thanks. ” —— Sullivan grew to become in brief to Strickland, then looked as if it would think about for some time sooner than he walked towards the witness. “Just one or questions,” he acknowledged. “Miss Pikar, you assert you moved right here? ” “Yes. From Ontario. ” “You lived in a urban in Ontario? ” “Yes. Kitchener. ” “Is it secure to imagine that there have been medicines to be had in Kitchener? ” She smiled. “Oh certain. ” “Lots of substances, I think. ” “Probably. ” “I’m going to imagine that you simply don’t do medicinal drugs and don’t have a lot time for those that use medicinal drugs. ” “I don’t pass judgement on. yet that’s my selection. ” “Let me ask … what introduced you to St. Ninian? ” “My dad is the health club instructor. ” “And I’m going to signify your loved ones moved right here simply because it’s a more healthy, quieter, more secure position than, say, Kitchener. ” She hesitated. “You don’t need to solution that. were you aware your pal Maymie was once dealing with a few own problems if you met her? That she’d lately misplaced a mum or dad? ” “She advised me whilst her dad died. i used to be at his funeral. She and that i mentioned it. quite a lot. ” “You’d say that she used to be grieving? ” “Yes. They have been shut. She carried an image of him in her pockets. ” “You’ve been to Maymie’s domestic? ” “Yes. a couple of times. ” “And she’s been on your position? ” “Yes. ” “I’d say that you just and Maymie have been very shut associates there for some time. ” “I suggestion so. ” “Let me ask you, Kat. Did you ever see Maymie Stewart use medicines? ” “No. ” “How then have you learnt she did? ” “Well, she form of instructed me. however it used to be normally from who she begun striking out with. ” “She form of instructed you? ” “She requested if I’d ever attempted weed. ” “And you acknowledged? ” “No, have you ever? and he or she simply laughed and requested if i used to be from one other planet. ” “And you took that to intend? ” “I bet that everyone has attempted it. That i used to be strange. ” “And do you're thinking that you’re strange? ” She shrugged. “Probably. ” “Did you ever pay attention her point out Dwayne Strickland. ” “I don’t imagine so. good, probably simply that he’d get back the following from being … from away. every body was once conversing approximately that. ” “I see. I’m assuming that you’ve by no means been to Dwayne Strickland’s position. ” “Never. ” “People on the institution, i suppose, talked rather a lot approximately marijuana, even perhaps used it on tuition estate, among periods, lunch breaks and so on. ” “Mmmhmmm. ” “That’s a convinced. And I’ll recommend that pot was once particularly primary round the university for those who first arrived the following, a time, I’ll indicate, whilst Mr.

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