Books by Brad Smith

Brad Smith lives in Dunnville, Ontario. His novel, One-Eyed Jacks, was nominated for Canada's Dashiell Hammett Prize. His American debut, All Hat (0-312-42317-9), is available in paperback from Picador.

Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A slow-burning tale of vigilante justice leading to a satisfying ending that relies equally on convenient coincidence and the audience's wishes."
The creator of sleuthing farmer Virgil Cain (Shoot the Dog, 2013, etc.) launches a new series that tosses a hard-used rape victim and her father into a sea of civic corruption in small-town Ontario.Read full book review >
SHOOT THE DOG by Brad Smith
Released: July 16, 2013

"Smith's slyly entertaining satire makes it easy to overlook the perfunctory, forgettable mystery."
Another Hollywood production ventures into the sticks, with results that are predictably droll, dry and homicidal. Read full book review >
CROW'S LANDING by Brad Smith
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fifteen routine but thoroughly pleasurable rounds of detection, action, double-crossing and highly competitive treasure-hunting."
A sunken treasure that upstate farmer/fisherman Virgil Cain accidentally hooks brings him nothing but harassment, fisticuffs and murder. Read full book review >
RED MEANS RUN by Brad Smith
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The whodunit is both unguessable and not very interesting, but Smith (Busted Flush, 2005, etc.) makes the developing relationship between mutually wary Virgil and Claire well worth the price of admission."
A farmer accused of murder turns detective to save his skin, which is worth saving. Read full book review >
BUSTED FLUSH by Brad Smith
Released: Feb. 7, 2005

"Nicely done, and just the thing for the History Channel addict of the house."
History is littered with examples of people doing bad things in order to land rare and exquisite prizes. And so is this funny, quirky tale that plays pleasing what-if games with the past. Read full book review >
ALL HAT by Brad Smith
Released: April 2, 2003

"A hodgepodge."
An ex-convict, his former girlfriend, a rich horse-dealer's spoiled son, a preacher, a hooker, some gamblers, two low-wattage hired hands—these and others are scattered through this diffuse American debut. Read full book review >