John McFetridge’s third book from his fast-paced Toronto series smartly has veteran narrator William Dufris back for an encore performance. The confident and engaging voice of Dufris pulls listeners deep into a world of drugs, crime, and biker gangs. Let It Ride is a thrilling story that hovers over the murky region near the Canadian and American border, a place where drugs change hands with little discretion and drive-by killings leave cops confounded and stretched beyond their abilities. Like Elmore Leonard before him, McFetridge has crafted a sinfully enjoyable thriller that stands up to repeat listens.
With Let It Ride, the author of two critically acclaimed Canadian crime novels, John McFetridge, takes us deep inside the gray zone on the Canadian and American border, delivering all the up-to-the-minute twists and edgy action of an episode of The Wire.
Vernard "Get" McGetty is back from serving in Afghanistan, back dealing drugs in Detroit and looking to move up with his buddy JT, a guy he met in Kandahar who also happens to be the leader of the Saints of Hell—a notorious Ontario biker gang currently in the process of taking over all north-of-the-border drug traffic. Commuting weekly across the line into the center of JT’s high-flying empire, Get hooks up with Sunitha, a decidedly independent woman who’s gone from working seedy massage parlors to robbing them at gunpoint—and has dreams of a much bigger score: taking the Saints for the millions they have stashed in gold bars.
Meanwhile, the Toronto cops have the Saints under a microscope. Detectives Price and McKeon are getting nowhere with a double drive-by killing on the Gardiner Expressway—a husband and wife returning from a swingers party—and the investigation keeps leading back to the Saints.