Ian McKercher’s third novel, Carbon Copy, represents a genre switch from historical fiction to mystery, although many of the characters from The Underling (2012) and The Incrementalist (2106) have starring roles.
The novel is set in February 1942, with Canada at war against Nazi tyranny and Ottawa mired in a vicious winter.
Frances McFadden, personal secretary to Graham Towers, Governor of the Bank of Canada, is hoping to get away on a much-deserved holiday when she is summoned before a military intelligence tribunal and accused of espionage and treason.
Someone appears to be trafficking in state secrets and is willing to resort to murder to cover the trail. It’s one thing for Frances to proclaim her innocence, it’s quite another thing to prove it.
Facing a fourteen-year prison term and possibly the death penalty, Frances joins RCMP Inspector Hollingsworth and Ottawa Police Sergeant Scobie in a race through a labyrinth of dead ends, dopplegängers and deceptions to solve the deadly puzzle.
Ian McKercher’s second novel, The Incrementalist, will not disappoint his fans. Written as a sequel to The Underling, many of the familiar characters are back.
World War II is all heady stuff for Ottawa High School of Commerce dropout Frances McFadden, who takes on the challenge with all the common sense and pluck we’ve come to know her for.
As the story progresses, the reader is struck with the haunting fear that Frances is on a path that few would willingly chose.Terry West
My Previous Book – The Underling
The Underling is my first novel. It’s an example of old-fashioned story-telling in the tradition of Somerset Maugham. The story is plot driven and unfolds in chronological order. The characters are imperfect but likeable.
The story is set in Ottawa in the 1930s. The language and tone reflect those times.
The Underling is not based on a true story although it deals with historical characters and some real events.
The novel is now out of print. A few copies are still available direct from the Author.
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