The Chapel of Retribution

Somewhat Grumpy Press is proud to announce we’ve signed a publishing contract with Glenn Burwell, for his debut novel The Chapel of Retribution.

Cover mock-up for The Chapel of Retribution, by Glenn Burwell. Title and author are in white letters against a dark background of green leaves.
Preliminary cover mock-up.

Burwell was an architect, who practiced in Vancouver for almost forty years. He’s seen all sides of the local development industry, and how it affects the lives of people living in the Lower Mainlandfor better and worse. He manages a small tomato and herb garden, while keeping an eye on the never-ending housing saga playing out across the Lower Mainland.

Set in Vancouver, The Chapel of Retribution is a revenge thriller. Elements include developer vanity projects and leaky condo buildings. We’re refining the blurb, but here’s what we have so far:

Robert Lui, a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, has left the Gang Taskforce to return to the duller but supposedly safer work of the Major Crimes Unit. Assigned to the generally benign west side of Vancouver, he didn’t expect to be breaking up fights between developers or finding body parts in the ponds of local horticultural attractions. Nor did he expect to be entangled in a revenge drama. Motives are hard to fathom, and victims have nothing in common, leaving Robert’s small team perplexed. They are also learning to be wary if they ever scrape up enough money to enter the housing market. At least investigation means spending time in one of the nicer environments of the city, even if the circumstances might be deadly.    

The Chapel of Retribution will be available in paperback and eBook early next year.

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