The Orphans of the Creek

The_Orphans_of_the_CoverWhiteboy is Scanlon Creek’s top disc jockey. He’s handsome, drives a convertible, and is ready to start a family with Juniper, his beautiful girlfriend. He’s also a rising star in the Creek’s drug-dealing underworld, where he and his best friend, Joey, are ready to make a killing with a new designer drug that’s sure to take the Creek’s nightclub scene to new heights.

But it all starts to crumble when Whiteboy’s father, absent twenty years since he ran off to follow a mysterious preacher known only as “John Doe”, contacts Whiteboy and entices him into a final visit. In a strange castle in northern Ontario, Whiteboy bids his father farewell and scatters his ashes, only to find that the ashes don’t want to be scattered. They want to stay. They want to live.

Since then, nothing has been the same for Whiteboy and a violent cloud seems to be gathering over Scanlon Creek. Suddenly, the Creek’s seedy side–along with decades of shameful secrets–starts boiling out of the shadows. And everything those shadows touch, they cling to.

“With his usual surgical precision, Todd begins to peel away the “normal” layer by layer to expose the “not normal,” until with that astonishing, deft way of his, he brings all the diverse elements of this tale of the “not normal” neatly back together and waits for the reader to catch up…that’s powerful writing that is.” –  E. D. T.

“Richard S Todd brings the characters to life in this fast paced and exciting read.” – Rosie J.

 “Stayed up all night to finish it… It’s been years since I’ve done that.” – Hannah W.

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