Michael J. McCann

Author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series


Burn Country

The much-anticipated sequel to SORROW LAKE, 2015 Hammett Prize finalist.


The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin.

When the victim turns out to be Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada.

While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions!


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Sorrow Lake

The first March and Walker Crime Novel

Shortlisted for the 2015 HAMMETT PRIZE for literary excellence in crime fiction!


Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police is called in to investigate when a man from the village of Sparrow Lake is found shot to death, execution style, in a farmer's field in rural eastern Ontario.

Leading an inexperienced team of detectives, she probes beneath the wintry surface of the township to discover the victim had a dark secret--one that may endanger others in the community as well.

For young and enthusiastic Detective Constable Kevin Walker, the chance to work with Ellie March is an honour, until the situation turns ugly and unexpected betrayal threatens to destroy his promising career.


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The Rainy Day Killer

A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman ... and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale ... whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation , assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin and Detective Karen Stainer, as they pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.

The timing couldn't be worse, however, as Karen Stainer's attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding in Virginia. Will her one chance at a personal life end in another gruesome murder, or will she survive to say her vows?



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The Fregoli Delusion

When billionaire H.J. Jarrett is shot to death on a bike path in prestigious Granger Park, the killer is seen running away by a man who is apparently in the right place at the right time. However, Glendale Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer discover to their dismay that their only eyewitness suffers from a rare psychotic disorder that makes his testimony useless.

As Donaghue’s investigation focuses on the top one percent of Glendale’s social stratum, including close friends of his own mother, Stainer finds herself alone when her gut instinct tells her that their eyewitness is right after all! 


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Marcie's Murder

A beautiful woman is murdered in a small town in Virginia and Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue is the prime suspect!

Donaghue is on vacation when he stops overnight in Harmony, a quiet little town where very little happens. Suddenly the police kick down the door of his motel room in the middle of the night and drag him off to jail on suspicion of having strangled a woman behind a bar. Although he insists he’s a cop himself and had nothing to do with it, the local chief of police won’t listen. An eyewitness claims he saw Donaghue go behind the bar where the murder took place – and the victim was Chief Askew's wife!

Stuck in a cell in a small town, surrounded by cops who are convinced he’s a murderer, Donaghue must find a way to free himself and find Marcie Askew’s killer before it’s too late. When he’s finally allowed to make a phone call he dials the number of the one person he knows can help him out of this mess – Detective Karen Stainer.


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Blood Passage

Can you believe a little boy's claim that he was murdered in his previous life?


There are more than 2,500 documented cases of young children who have reported past-life memories. Now, homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer are pulled into the Martin Liu cold case when a little boy begins to talk about the men who shot him “when he was Martin.” Experienced criminal investigators, they find it hard to believe the three-year-old’s claims but the boy’s uncle, Triad enforcer Peter Mah, has no such qualms. Following the boy's clues he tracks down the killers one by one and exacts his revenge.


Now Donaghue and Stainer must race to contain the violence sweeping their city while struggling to accept the incredible statements of an innocent little boy!


The first Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel.

 


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The Ghost Man

A supernatural thriller from the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series!


First there was the car accident that claimed his beloved wife. Then came the gruelling months of recuperation from his injuries. Now his constant companions are ghosts seeking worldly release. His new home is haunted by the ghost of a young girl demanding his help. His friends and neighbours are under attack by strange, destructive forces. Who is the Angry Man who haunts his dreams … and what does the demon controlling him want of Simon Guthrie?

 

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