CRIMES OF DISRESPECT
"A well-paced, topical whodunit."
"This book is poignant, painful, and daunting."
"Young does a wonderful job of moving the story back and forth in time. A mystery writer is judged on keeping the reader on the edge of their seat and ... this book is definitely a page turner and a burner of the night light."
A brilliant Mohawk girl, found dead in the quadrangle of Woodmore Academy, an elite private school in Oakville, Ontario. The body of her bigoted tormentor, rotting in a field at the border of Coyote River First Nation, a nearby reserve locked in a land dispute with the neighbouring town. Stones and fists flying. A troubled janitor — now a suspect — hunting for the real killer. And a cop who wonders if the deaths suggest racial tit-for-tat or something more sinister.
From this volatile mix, R.B. Young builds a story of people driven by respect — or the lack of it. Respect for themselves. Respect for the “other.” Within the idyllic grounds of Woodmore Academy, desperate acts have gone unseen. Will an ex-con janitor with nothing to lose and a cop who doesn’t trust him cooperate to find the truth?