The Lost Ones By Sheena Ka­mal Morrow, 352 pages, $33.50

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Nora Watts owns no prop­erty, has no friends, lives in a leaky base­ment and strug­gles to stay sober. While she in­her­ited through her father a mixed Six Na­tions her­itage, none of the good Abo­rig­i­nal qual­i­ties stuck with her.

“I’d get lost in a for­est,” she says, “eas­ier than a tourist with a mal­func­tion­ing GPS.”

Nev­er­the­less, Watts is smart and tena­cious at car­ry­ing out in­ves­tiga­tive as­sign­ments for a small Van­cou­ver agency.

In one very per­sonal case, she sets out to find the daugh­ter she put up for adop­tion years ear­lier.

The case, fas­ci­nat­ing on its own, leads to larger and more com­plex crim­i­nal en­ter­prises in a well-writ­ten first novel that never lacks for puz­zles and dodgy ac­tion.

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