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