Two plans for murder are colliding.
In The Case for Killing, Peter Bradley is Canada’s top anti-trust lawyer. He has it all — a trophy wife, Rosedale mansion, idyllic summer home and national acclaim. He thinks of himself as a good man but his enemies, everywhere and close, beg to differ. One even thinks he needs to die.
Bradley is consumed by a different threat. His firm is hiring his greatest rival without his approval. He feels an attack on his pre-eminence and quietly seethes with revenge. Bradley charges fat fees advising clients how to deal with their competition. But when he imagines the competition from his rival, his advice to himself is simple — eliminate it.
“A slight variation on the whodunit — a whomightdoit — but with all the trimmings of a satisfyingly complex murder mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Gun, gun, who’s got the gun?
Peter Fritze, in an excellent debut crime novel, takes us into a high-paced Toronto legal milieu chuck-full of wannabe killers. If the character’s not “packing”, he or she wants to be! Everyone has a grudge—from our central character, aging anti-trust lawyer Peter Bradley, to his wife the voluptuous Amy. As it turns out—and I won’t tell—some of the red herrings have the greatest murderous motivation.
Which takes me to the title: “The Case for Killing”. In a world where viewers love psychopathic Dexter who murders in each episode, Walter White who runs amok peddling meth in “Breaking Bad” and Nurse Jackie who sniffs speed to keep nursing, is there really a case for killing high-powered, selfish, anti-trust lawyer Peter Bradley? Methinks not! His wife is a user—conniving and cheating. His bosses undermine him with a high-level hire on which he should have been consulted; his juniors and secretary have issues. I kinda feel sorry for the guy. But then, obviously, at least one character doesn’t.
On a technical level, Fritze’s pace is fast, the dialogue seamless and the prose flows. He brings the city of Toronto to life. His sex scenes are spicy and his legal world venal. And then, there’s that important reflective after-glow. Not every novelist entices the reader to go back to consider plot, characters, motivation. Well, I went back and I bet many a reader will as well.
Peter Fritze has crafted a great case for reading!” — Angie Littlefield
“Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me reading. I loved being able to relate to the Toronto locations/streets/venues much like Robert Rotenberg’s books and his characters were so well described. A surprise ending, at least for me! Keep on writing Peter!!” — Brenda Charters
“This book has an intriguing story line with a couple of unexpected twists. It is a ” quick read ” that holds the attention of the reader from beginning to end. — Brenda Holmes
“A wild, intricate ride with dark, unsettling characters. Hard to put down.” — Peter Armstrong
“Great book! I started reading it yesterday AM and ended up finishing it in the middle of the night, because I couldn’t put it down! It’s a pleasure to read a crime drama set in my own backyard, rather than the demi-monde of 50’s LA or the mean streets of New York.” — Aaron Davis
“This complex murder mystery presents a look at the seedier side of the business and legal upper crust. These are the people who form the business and legal elite. Despite their wealth and power, their expensive automobiles, their fancy clothes, and their large houses they are subject to the same vices as the lower elements of society. They live behind a façade of virtue and respectability when in fact their lives do not mirror this image. All this is set against a backdrop of downtown Toronto’s business and financial district making for an intriguing read that keeps you guessing until the end.” — Deborah Carla Eker
“Exciting Thriller Debut
The Case for Killing does very well at the two things I like best in a thriller. It has a convincing plot and an exciting narrative. For me, more importantly, it also paints what appears to be a realistic picture of two different worlds — that of Bay Street Law and also of the Toronto criminal underworld, in an exciting way. I am eagerly awaiting more from Peter Fritze!!” — Professor Matt Davison