ChristmasHanukkahGift IdeasGift CardsToysElectronicsVideo GamesGroceryClothing, Shoes & AccessoriesBeautyBabyHomeFurnitureKitchen & DiningOutdoor Living & GardenSports & OutdoorsMovies, Music & BooksPersonal CareHealthPetsHousehold EssentialsSchool & Office SuppliesArts, Crafts & SewingParty SuppliesCharacter ShopLuggageBlack-owned or founded brands at TargetClearanceTarget New ArrivalsTarget Finds#TargetStyleTop DealsTarget Circle OffersWeekly AdShop Order PickupShop Same Day DeliveryRegistryRedCardTarget CircleFind Stores


Middlemen - (MacNeice Mysteries) by Scott Thornley (Paperback)

Middlemen - (MacNeice Mysteries) by  Scott Thornley (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
Middlemen - (MacNeice Mysteries) by  Scott Thornley (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
$17.99 when purchased online

About this item


Book Synopsis

When a killing spree threatens Dundurn, MacNeice risks everything to protect his team and put an end to it.

Detective Superintendent MacNeice returns to Dundurn following a month-long suspension and is immediately thrown into the mysterious case of a wounded runner named Jack and a blood trail that spans over forty miles. At the trail's source in a Carolinian forest, MacNeice and DI Fiza Aziz find evidence of two homicides, but no bodies.

Two days later, Mac is called to a torn-up orchard set ablaze by lightning. A body has been found lying next to a stack of burnt fruit trees. There's no evidence to suggest the killings are related, and yet MacNeice suspects they are. Buy why disappear the bodies in the forest and leave the orchard corpse to be discovered?

As the case develops, the team is confronted by the daylight abduction of a Brant University professor--Mac is convinced it's a killing about to happen. Going on the offensive, he employs the provincial alert system, in part, to let the kidnappers know the net is closing.

Review Quotes

Executed bodies and disappeared chaps, both rich and hench-level, keep things hopping for rogue homicide cop MacNiece ... A strange but entertaining story.

-- "Winnipeg Free Press"

With each MacNeice book, Scott Thornley takes the reader deeper into the forest of the human soul. These are, yes, detective stories, but they are also novels about a detective. For MacNeice, nearly every action undertaken in pursuit of perpetrators of horrible murders opens up vistas: of his psyche; of his love for his late wife with whom he periodically communicates; of sentient nature, dogs, birds, actual forests; and of the explicable and inexplicable in the always-slightly-glimpsed souls of his colleagues and of each criminal, down to every minor character whether a caring nurse or a gangster's stooge. In this, Thornley's writing is virtuoso, as it also is in his descriptions of modern technology, forensics, and the crimes themselves which are described with such hyper-realism that they seem almost dreamlike. Would that they were. These horrors are what the human mind is capable of devising and, sometimes, of doing. Thornley uses poetry well--"well" means near-invisibly--to handle soul-unknowables. One killer says, "Shuffle the letters of veil and you have evil." The motor of detective fiction is cause-and-effect. Thornley honours that in his intricate puzzle of a plot, then goes on to depict, character by character, cause-and-effect as the least of it. That is the mark of memorable literature. Middlemen is literature

-- "Richard W. Halperin, poet"

Fast-paced, with action, violence, and suspense, but the author takes time to paint each scene fully, with details in the background and foreground, with action and nuances of conversation ... A highly satisfying read.

-- "Miramichi Reader"

Praise for Scott Thornley and the MacNeice Mysteries

"No writer grabs the violent new zeitgeist more firmly than Scott Thornley." --Toronto Star

"House of Anansi continues to publish some of the best mysteries in the world, and Scott Thornley's MacNeice series is one of them." --Globe and Mail

"Like Holmes and Poirot, MacNeice is brilliant." --Hamilton Spectator

"Captivating ... Along with a terrific plot, Thornley produces prose that is both hard-hitting and thoughtful ... I'm already anticipating MacNeice's next investigation." --Edmonton Journal

"MacNeice is a splendid addition to the pantheon of [literary] detectives ... A first class-mystery." --Vancouver Sun

"Thornley's intelligent and evocative prose, combined with his depictions of complex police investigations, brings to mind one of Canada's most prominent, bestselling crime writers, Peter Robinson." -- Quill & Quire

"[MacNeice is] one of Canada's best-loved fictional detectives, whose insight-laden conversations with his deceased wife and fascination with bird calls herald the kind of oddball investigative savant whom readers adore." --Booklist

Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Series Title: MacNeice Mysteries
Sub-Genre: Mystery & Detective
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Number of Pages: 504
Publisher: Spiderline
Theme: Police Procedural
Format: Paperback
Author: Scott Thornley
Language: English
Street Date: June 27, 2023
TCIN: 87210608
UPC: 9781487011505
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-5477
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it.

Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 1.4 inches length x 5.2 inches width x 8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.2 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR), Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Guam (see also separate entry under GU)

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
See the return policy for complete information.

Get top deals, latest trends, and more.

Privacy policy


About Us

About TargetCareersNews & BlogTarget BrandsBullseye ShopTarget's Coronavirus ResponseSustainability & ESGPress CenterAdvertise with UsInvestorsAffiliates & PartnersSuppliersTargetPlus


Target HelpReturnsTrack OrdersRecallsContact UsFeedbackAccessibilitySecurity & FraudTeam Member Services


Find a StoreClinicPharmacyOpticalMore In-Store Services


Target CircleRedCardTarget AppRegistrySame Day DeliveryOrder PickupDrive UpFree 2-Day ShippingShipping & DeliveryMore Services
PinterestFacebookInstagramTwitterYoutubeTiktokTermsCA Supply ChainPrivacyCA Privacy RightsYour Privacy ChoicesInterest Based Ads