It makes perfect sense to write a political mystery novel when you have experience with politics.
exactly what former MP David Walker did. He's launching his first
political mystery novel and it may well turn into a series.
Walker's first book was The Great Winnipeg Dream: The Re-Development of Portage and Main (1979).
new book is called Wild World. It tells the story of a Canadian
university researcher and an American anti-terrorism expert who cross
paths after a Spanish arms dealer threatens to attack the U.S.
SCENE asked Walker to give us a sneak preview.
"Wild World" by David Walker (Mulvey Press)
this section, readers are introduced to Winnipeg professor, Arthur
Crawford and his wife Brenda. Crawford is a highly successful academic
and Brenda does not see why he must rant about things beyond his
control, such as local politics. Her comments foreshadow his eventual
plunge into a world he knows so little about, in Winnipeg and elsewhere:
that evening, after an early movie, Arthur and Brenda went for a walk
along Corydon Avenue, a busy street where they could stop for a casual
dinner. He decided to open up and talk to her about his next steps.
he did so, Brenda responded brusquely in her matter-of-fact fashion.
"You know, I rarely comment on what you do at work. But you've looked so
puzzled lately that I've grown more and more concerned about your
confidence in your research and writing. Yet you're really good, from
everything I hear."
Arthur spent a long time over dinner taking
her through his rather morose sentiments about the corrupt world they
were living in. His thinking was, by his own admission, leading him
nowhere and probably seriously undermining his self-esteem.
had heard enough. "Listen, you're not making any sense. When guys hit
their forty-fifth birthday--and you're 47--they all start mumbling and
babbling like you are doing right now. I certainly don't want to hear
about this. We've done just fine building our life here, and you will
end up as high up in the university as you want to go. So you're
unhappy, or angry, or whatever--that's life. You're a sociology
professor. You're not trained to be a political analyst, let alone a
muckraker, so I cannot understand your newfound frustrations with the
world around you. Nothing has changed since you arrived here. Stick to
your specialty, and you'll be okay."
"That's not good enough right now," he said softly.Wild World launches on Tuesday December 4, 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Grant Park.