Copyright 1997 by
I first read this in May 1998.
In the Toronto of the near future, the police, as always, are fighting a losing
battle against crime. Organized crime has more money, more resources and better
weaponry, it's tentacles reach into high levels of the administration and crime
For the officers themselves, faced with knowledge that they can but rarely make
a difference, it's soul destroying. Police officers have a divorce rate twice
the national average and life expectancy forty-percent below.
Mitch Helwig is such an officer. His wife has left him, he's losing his
daughter. He's not been thinking clearly since he found his wife cheating on
him. So he's probably still not at his best when he decides to take out a
warehouse full of several billion dollars of illegal drugs and other criminal
Of course, the criminals are less than happy about this significant loss to their
enterprise, and turn their sights on Helwig, his fellow officers and his family.
And meantime, scientists at the Sunnybrook Medical Centre has discovered how to
resurrect, for just a few weeks, the dead.
Not bad, not bad at all. Barely SF, but still quite a powerful and perceptive
novel, occasionally with big guns wielded and gratuitous violence meted out
Loaded on the 2nd June 2002.