North of Grand: A Detective Red Shaw Novel

A young cyclist turns up dead outside the central transit station on a muggy August morning in Des Moines and the heat is on. Detective Edward “Red” Shaw and his partner, Phil Vega, look for the killer and find themselves probing the sometimes toxic, hyper-competitive world of amateur bicycle racing. More
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About B.J. Smith

B.J. Smith writes fiction, essays, poetry and technical prose. As a daily newspaper reporter, he covered education, police and courthouse beats at various times. He also edited nationally syndicated opinion, health and home-repair columns, and proofread crossword puzzles (a task that inspired his first crime novel, by the way).

A cyclist, hiker, University of Iowa grad, U.S. Navy veteran, former PR guy – and onetime soda jerk, busboy and dishwasher – he publishes a blog at

He and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Junction, Colorado. They enjoy bicycling, hiking and snowshoeing in the mountains.

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About the Series: Detective Red Shaw
The Detective Edward "Red" Shaw novels offer what's been called "a fascinating window into an otherwise forgotten corner of the American Midwest. Des Moines in this series is neither the boring insurance town it used to be, nor just the hipster paradise it's become, but a gritty frontier town where no one is who or what they seem." Another reviewer described Shaw, the protagonist created by a former Iowa daily newspaper reporter, as "a neat balance between the hard-boiled detectives of past noir thrillers (think Sam Spade) and the somewhat less cynical, less worldly, but no less intelligent and capable detectives of more modern fiction."

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