Paul Vasey, whom renowned novelist M.T. Kelly described as being able to write about the 'commonplace the way a magic realist would paint it,' turns to the genre of mystery writing. In this dark and haunting tale, he writes about a middle-of-the-night dog walker who comes across a badly beaten body in a field by the river on the down side of this southwestern Ontario city. The victim was Carole Tippet, a 17-year-old addict and hooker. This raises a couple of questions: Who killed Carole Tippet? And how did Carole Tippet wind up spending the last three years of her life sticking needles in her arm and selling her body to any loser who happened by? Newspaper reporter Jonathan Hunter sets out in search of those answers. He finds himself in a seamy side of town called The Swamps, and it is here he comes face to face with the world of drug selling and prostitution. He fends off the pimps and dealers, the thugs and psychos to get answers to his questions about Tippet.
Used availability for Paul Vasey's It's Only a Broken Heart
January 2000 : Canada Paperback