Proximate Causes


302 pages
ISBN 1-55017-214-X
DDC C813'.54





Reviewed by Ted Thring

Ted Thring is a book reviewer for the Queen’s University radio


The hero of this police procedural novel, set in the lower mainland of
British Columbia, is Sergeant Jackson Cole of the RCMP, an undercover
detective assigned to the drug detail. As the story opens, Cole is
off-duty and under investigation for a shooting. Despite his situation,
he becomes involved in investigating the drug-related activities of a
local biker gang. Overlapping Cole’s investigation is the story of
Lauren Grey, a woman whose financier husband died under suspicious
circumstances a few years prior; a local dope addict arranges to assist
her in taking revenge on the killer.

The two stories featured in this fast-paced and authentic novel are
ingeniously interwoven. Proximate Causes is a well-written yarn that
sustains interest to the end.


Smith, Lyndsay., “Proximate Causes,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 26, 2024,