Never Forget


Tormented, rebellious police detective Victor Lessard races to track down a ruthless killer in Montreal.

“Martin Michaud is a master at twisty storytelling and compelling atmosphere.” — Catherine McKenzie

Never Forget is a crackerjack read.” — Quill & Quire

“A raucous crime thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

When a homeless man jumps to his death in Old Montreal, the police discover two wallets in his possession: one belonging to a retired psychiatrist who was murdered in a bizarre ritual, the other to a powerful corporate lawyer who has vanished. As Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, work to solve the separate mysteries, a dark conspiracy begins to emerge.

While the pressure builds and the bodies accumulate, disturbing secrets come to light about a pivotal moment in political history. But will Lessard and Taillon crack the case in time to stop the killer from striking again?


John Glassco Literary Translation Prize


Never Forget will leave you bloodless, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Alan Bradley, author of the Flavia de Luce Mysteries

Martin Michaud is a master at twisty storytelling and compelling atmosphere. This kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I can't wait to read Lessard's next case!

Catherine McKenzie, author of I’ll Never Tell

This chilling Quebec-set thriller opens with a grisly murder worthy of a Saw movie... A fine crime novel featuring a cast of well-delineated characters and a plot that demands the reader's undivided attention.


French Canadian author Michaud makes his English-language debut with this raucous crime thriller.

Publishers Weekly

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

Michaud goes back to the events of the seventies in Montreal when the FLQ was kidnapping cabinet ministers and the revelation was made public that the CIA had conducted mind-control experiments in Montreal hospitals. Michaud is at his best recalling those fraught times through the cooler lens of our present day. It’s great to see Canadian history used to such good effect in a story that resonates as well today as when it happened.

Globe and Mail

[An] immersive thriller full of darkness, loathing, and vengeance.

Montreal Review of Books

With its breakneck pace and flawless storytelling, this is Michaud’s best novel. A thriller to remember!

Norbert Spehner, La Presse

Novelist Martin Michaud has produced a thriller that’s solid, fast-moving, intelligent, and enlivened by moments of sharp humour and political insight.

Marie-France Bornais, Journal de Québec

Why settle for Scandinavian crime writers when we have in our midst a masterful author who can justly be celebrated as the new star of Quebec crime fiction?

Martine Desjardins, L’actualité

Readers will be blown away by the imaginative power of this finely-wrought, action-packed thriller. Michaud’s skilled and colourful way with words reveals an excellent storyteller … and a master of suspense.

Lisanne Rheault-Leblanc, 7 Jours

Never Forget is a triumph.

CTV London

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.