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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919640-7
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 198 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 198 pages
  • Keywords
    • psychological thriller,
    • victimization of elders through financial abuse,
    • empowerment of bisexual woman detective,
    • professor student sexual relations,
    • charity money mis-management and fraud,
    • Vancouver British Columbia drug dealing,
    • sexual predator employer

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A Natural Cause
by Leslie Wiens

Away from family and friends for the first time after moving to Vancouver to attend university, nineteen-year-old Elizabeth (Liz) Grant finds campus and dorm life lonely. She is thrilled when the handsome, charismatic Professor Gilby offers her and Caroline, another student, a summer job doing door-to-door surveys to collect data for his research on elderly people who live alone and their access to medical care. Before long, Liz is using cocaine and embroiled in steamy and complicated sexual relationships with both Gilby and Caroline—who may or may not also be involved with each other. Years later, while leading a quiet life as a civil servant working with archival material, Liz (who now calls herself Beth), makes a shocking discovery about the real purpose of the data she was innocently collecting all those years ago and that money—big money—was involved. After turning her findings over to the local RCMP detachment, she finds herself drawn into a complex web of crime and police sleuthing she could never have imagined. She also learns that her relationship with Gilby and Caroline was not quite what it seemed. Or was it exactly what it seemed?

What readers are saying about A Natural Cause "Fantastic! I was on the edge of my seat... couldn't put it down!" —S. Kelly "The story's best features are its plot and descriptive passages... cleverly handled, with just enough twists and turns to compel the reader." —M Duncan

Leslie Wiens spent four decades in the world of finance and was licensed with regulators in the financial and insurance industries. He has also served on the boards of seven charitable organizations. In this edgy suspense-thriller he draws upon some of the unsavoury things he witnessed in both his financial and volunteer endeavours. A Natural Cause is the first in an intended series of three books; he is currently working on A Natural Consequence and A Natural Progression, both of which will once again find Elizabeth in some intriguing situations. Leslie Wiens is married and has two married children and four grandchildren. He divides his time between northern Ontario, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.


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