Crook’s Hill

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Alan Boltby is one of Toronto’s most successful corporate lawyers—and an insular workaholic. But he remembers his father exhorting him to become all the man he can be. He decides to reconnect with his older brother, James, his only significant family tie. And he asks his former lover, now general counsel at James’s Manhattan hedge fund, to dinner.

James asks Alan for help at the hedge fund, where Alan is shocked to find insider trading allegations. Alan turns investigator, linking two unexplained deaths. But when the brothers take refuge at Crook’s Hill Farm, their boyhood home, a horrific, long-buried family crime resurfaces. For ten days, Alan fights between protecting James and standing up for what’s right—while saving himself from the family crime’s noose.


“In Fritze’s (False Guilt, 2015, etc.) thriller, suspicious deaths, other illegal business, and family secrets cause havoc in the lives of two brothers.

… Fritze’s well-paced book is full of creative, unexpected twists that will keep readers engaged. The settings of a small Canadian town and the New York streets are vividly depicted, often functioning as a secondary character to the scene … The characters’ back stories are ample, and flashback-centered chapters provide plenty of context for the Boltby brothers’ strained relationship.

A gripping story of suspense, laced with heavy emotion and family drama.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS