St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1947. Samuel Rossiter is dead. His body is found in a laneway by a police constable late on an August Monday night. Rossiter’s death appears to have been the result of an unfortunate accident. But Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary isn’t convinced. And who is Samuel Rossiter? An impoverished old man living out his time in a boarding house in St. John’s? Or something else? To find the answers, Stride follows a trail of evidence and circumstance that goes back more than three decades. And at the end of that trail, he finds himself caught up in a complex story of privilege, wealth, and personal tragedy.
The second novel in the Inspector Stride Mystery series, The Rossiter File was released in June 2005.
In 2014, a new – and I believe much improved – edition of The Rossiter File was released by my new publisher, Boulder Publications. The book was out of print for several years. The book has been extensively re-edited and the text is now much more compact, and reads better than the original. The basic story, however, has not been changed. The new cover of the book is shown above, replacing the original.