Without Blood


The next raucous, twisty crime novel from the master of the Quebec thriller! Rebellious cop Victor Lessard pursues a ruthless hunter who stalks the streets of Montreal.

A senior administrator is stabbed to death in his office at the Montreal General Hospital. In the east end of the city, a dead man is found in the trunk of a stolen BMW. A young woman is hospitalized after an apparent hit and run, but despite her doctor’s objections, she refuses treatment and sets off on a desperate search for the man who helped her.

Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his team of investigators work to find the common thread linking these seemingly unrelated cases. It quickly becomes apparent that there’s no time to lose: a ruthless hunter has come to town, he’s spotted his prey, and he’s waiting for the right moment to close in for the kill.


With its memorable characters, rich atmosphere, and shrewd plot, Without Blood is a welcome addition to Montreal noir.

Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan Bones series

With a strong Montreal setting and a twisty, dual-strand plot that keeps you guessing, Martin Michaud's Without Blood is the real thing. Join me in offering a warm welcome to Victor Lessard as he joins the ranks of fictional detectives.

Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks series

Atmospheric and compelling, Without Blood is a spine-chilling read with an intensely memorable cast.

Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of A Deadly Divide

The story is told in quick snippets (the classic thousand-piece puzzle) and keeps us turning pages well into the night.

Journal de Montreal

A success from the first page to the last!... Three plot lines and numerous destinies are woven together in this captivating and remarkable thriller.

Le Journal de Sherbrooke

A gripping plot … well-written and captivating.

Radio-Canada Téléjournal

A raucous crime thriller.

Publishers Weekly, for Never Forget

A fine crime novel featuring a cast of well-delineated characters and a plot that demands the reader's undivided attention.

Booklist, for Never Forget

Never Forget is a crackerjack read. Michaud artfully constructs the world of the Montreal police and a broad cast of characters while keeping his eye steady on ways to ratchet up the tension at every turn.

Quill & Quire, for Never Forget

The atmospheric series is to Montreal what the late Swedish writer Henning Mankell’s crime novels are to Stockholm.


Michaud keeps the reader guessing as to what's real and what's dream. Those who like their mysteries with a surreal touch will be rewarded.

Publishers Weekly

Of all the thriller novels I've read over the past few years, I can recommend no other as highly as this one.

Miramichi Reader

About the Author

Martin Michaud

Posted by Kendra on January 2, 2019
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Martin Michaud

Martin Michaud is a bestselling author, screenwriter, musician, and former lawyer. His critically acclaimed Victor Lessard series has won numerous awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award and the Prix Saint-Pacôme for Crime Fiction, and is the basis for the award-winning French-language TV series Victor Lessard. He lives in Montreal.