Luck, the second novel and sixth book by Edmonton-born Dave Carpenter, opens with the brutal double murder of two men in Vancouver in the winter of 2003. One of the victims manages to write a single word before he dies to identify his killer, and that word is therapist. The investigation of detective Bill Shmata shifts to Saskatoon as he discovers both victims worked together as bellmen at a ritzy hotel in Banff in the summer of 1951.

The uncredited author bio for Carpenter ("He sleeps nightly, fishes daily and paddles his boat with a ukulele") steals from the humourous epitaph of Malcolm Lowry ("Malcolm Lowry, Late of the Bowery, His prose was flowery. And often glowery. He lived nightly, and drank daily, And died playing the ukulele").


Luck: A Bill Shmata Mystery (Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications, 2005) - novel
Banjo Lessons (1998) - novel
Courting Saskatchewan (1997) - essays
Writing Home (1994) - essays

[BCBW 2006] "Fiction"