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John McFetridge
has enjoyed wide critical acclaim for his six novels.
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
was named a book of the year by
Quill & Quire
Tumblin' Dice
was an Amazon Editors' Pick. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.


You know you're in deep water when you can't tell cop from criminal

Rene Beckman is a dishonoured ex-cop with only two things on his mind: his new boat, the Triggerfish, and his hot date, an environmentalist named Vicki. When the two unknowingly dock the boat in the same secluded cove as a Mexican cartel's drug submarine, the date ends with a bang.

With the cartel's coke-for-guns deal with local bikers torched by Beckman, he's forced to go on the run with half the underworld chasing him through the streets of Vancouver and the waters surrounding it. While he tries to stay alive, a woman from Beckman's past — currently on the run from CSIS and the anti-terror squad — comes back to settle an old score.

When the gangs start to go after his friends, the ex-cop stops running and turns the tables. With a ragtag crew of his own, Beckman faces the cartel and bikers head on. Fast, vicious, and thrilling, Triggerfish delivers a story where all the criminals are in conflict and no one is certain who will come out on top.

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Copyright © John McFetridge, 2016

Published by ECW Press

665 Gerrard Street East,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4M 1Y2
416-694-3348 / [email protected]

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

McFetridge, John, 1959-, author
One or the other : an Eddie Dougherty mystery / John McFetridge.

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 978-1-77041-327-6 (paperback);
ISBN 978-1-77090-884-0 (PDF);
ISBN 978-1-77090-885-7 (ePub)

I. Title.

PS8575.F48O44 2016 C813'.6 C2016-902323-0

Editor for the press: Jen Knoch
Cover design: Scott Barrie | Cyanotype

Cover images: front, top photo © Tedd Church/
Montreal Gazette
, falling man © Kamenetskiy Konstantin/Shutterstock, bridge © Michel Piccaya/Shutterstock; back, man with pistol © Baibulsinov Serik/Shutterstock
Author photo: Jimmy McFetridge

The publication of
One or the Other
has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country, and by the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi
millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays. Ce livre est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
We also acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government of Ontario, which last year funded 1,709 individual artists and 1,078 organizations in 204 communities across Ontario, for a total of $52.1 million, and the contribution of the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

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