Shadow of the Lions by Christoper Swann. Published by Algonquin

Once upon a time, Matthias was an acclaimed writer, but those days are long gone. Unable to get anything in bis life right, he takes a job teaching English at his old prep school Blackburne. After all, this is where his life went wrong. After arguing with his best friend, Fritz, over some nefarious doings, Fritz ran away and was never seen or heard from again. Maybe this is his chance to find out what happened to Fritz and right the course of his own sinking career. Teamed up with a grumpy cop, Matthias begins to uncover what really happened to his friend and how Fritz’s wealthy and influential family played a role in his disappearance. Matthias is the anti hero we can’t help but love, an incandescent coming of age/mystery


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