I Am Not Guilty


“A vivid and arresting novel of suspense, cleverly portraying the story of average human beings caught in the toils of murder.” – Ottawa Citizen

“First-rate.” – Montreal Gazette
The Ravine


A gripping hunt for a bestial killer.

Artist Julia Warner left life in the big city to avoid reminders of her little sister’s disappearance. Now teaching in a smalltown public school, memories of that tragedy flood back when one of her young students, Deborah Hurst, is assaulted. Not six months later, a second student is assaulted and killed—but this time, Julia gets a fleeting look at the perpetrator. Greg Malcolm, the doctor treating Deborah, wants to work with Julia in brining the murderer to justice, but the art teacher has plans of her own. First published in 1962 under the pseudonym “Kendal Young,” The Ravine was the author’s only thriller. It was adapted for the screen and released as Assault (1971), starring Suzy Kendall. This new edition is the first in 48 years.
The Damned and The Destroyed


‘God help us, Dent – the thing is, my daughter has become a dope fiend.’

Maxwell Dent studied law at McGill and served in the RCAF and Intelligence M-5 during the Korean War. For a private investigator, he’s as respectable as they come. No wonder then that it’s Dent Huntley Ashton summons to his Westmount mansion. A respected captain of industry, the wealthy man knows the PI can be relied upon to be discreet.

Ashton’s daughter Helen has fallen into heroin addiction, and the millionaire wants Dent to smash the ring supplying her vice, just as he took down a ring operating in Korea.

Set in 1954, the novel captures the dying days of Montreal’s reputation as one of the world’s great sin cities. The Damned and the Destroyed was published in 1962 by McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Dennis Dobson in the UK; this Ricochet Books edition marks the first print edition in more than five decades.
Four Days


"Buell... delights readers with vivid descriptions of English Montreal in the early 1960s—its Irish mobsters, aristocratic Westmount denizens, the city's affluence and its under-belly.... Véhicule Press has done a great service in republishing Four Days as well as Buell's first novel, The Pyx for a new generation of readers. This is literature well worthy of resurrection." - Ian Thomas Shaw, The Ottawa Review of Books
The Pyx


“Mr. Buell proves he has real talent…. The author’s choice of a mystery or suspense story format to serve his serious purpose reminds one of Graham Greene’s novels, but The Pyx is not just another in a long line of imitations.” --The Critic

“One of the most unusual novels of the year.” -- The Los Angeles Times

“Shockingly powerful.” -- The New York Times Book Review

Ricochet Books


Ricochet Books is a series of vintage noir mysteries edited by Brian Busby.

Véhicule Press launched its Ricochet series of vintage noir mysteries with The Crime on Cote des Neiges —a hardboiled detective novel set in Montreal originally published in 1951. At the centre of this novel, and the two others by David Montrose, is the hard-drinking, hard-working private dick, Russell Teed.

First Edition 1951 back cover:

"There were two blondes and a brunette. One of them had killed John Sark. Detective Sergeant Framboise thought it was Inez Sark. Inez had left her parents’ thirty-five room shack in Westmount to marry John Sark, the biggest bootlegger Montreal had ever known. That, said Framboise, was in itself motive enough. But Russell Teed knew that there was an earlier Mrs. Sark who had an even better motive. East side, west side, all over town Russ chased clues, trying to keep the gorgeous Inez out of jail. If he had to shoot up a couple of characters and bust up a drug ring in his search to lay bare Sark’s lovelife, well, that was all part of the service of Russell Teed Investigations."

About the editor

Brian Busby is the editor of Ricochet Books. His biography of John Glassco, A Gentleman of Pleasure, was published in 2011 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. He is the author of the blog The Dusty Bookcase. A Montrealer, he now lives in St. Marys, Ontario.



Brian Busby
Body on Mount Royal, The The Body on Mount Royal
David Montrose
The Keys Of My Prison The Keys Of My Prison
Frances Shelley Wees
Gambling with Fire Gambling with Fire
David Montrose
Blondes Are My Trouble Blondes Are My Trouble
Douglas Sanderson
Hot Freeze Hot Freeze
Douglas Sanderson
The Mayor of Côte St. Paul The Mayor of Côte St. Paul
Ronald Cooke
The Long November The Long November
James Benson Nablo
Waste No Tears Waste No Tears
Hugh Garner
Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street
Al Palmer
Murder Over Dorval Murder Over Dorval
David Montrose
Crime on Cote des Neiges, The The Crime on Cote des Neiges
David Montrose
The Ricochet Bundle The Ricochet Bundle: Books 1-12