Dead Water Creek


It seems like a plum assignment to Morgan O’Brien. A government investigator specializing in science fraud, O’Brien snatches the opportunity to travel to her former home in Vancouver for what appears to be a simple case: the investigation of a fisheries researcher suspected of siphoning funds for his own use.

But once in Vancouver things get complicated, and it becomes clear that more than money is involved. O’Brien uncovers a ruthless offshore fishing conglomerate with a plan to gain unrestricted access to one of the world’s most lucrative fisheries: the Fraser River sockeye. But who is the linchpin?

As the investigation heats up, Morgan is distracted by ghosts from the past that force her to question a powerful friendship and confront her own ambiguous sexuality.


An excellent debut novel in what, I hope, will become a series.

Globe and Mail (July, 2003)

compelling, well written, and instructive entertainmentlooks like a winner.

London Free Press (August, 2003)

Alex Brett loves her salmon; mystery fans will love her book."

Ottawa Citizen (August, 2003)

a good, solid mystery.

New Brunswick Reader (November, 2003)

Morgan O'Brien is a definite find, tough but tender and smart as a whip.

The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK) (January, 2004)

About the Author

Alex Brett

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Alex Brett

Alex Brett has a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and did graduate work in fisheries biology at the University of British Columbia. She also spent ten years at the National Research Council of Canada as press officer, writer, and editor. Now living in Ottawa, she works on contract for the National Research Council as well as several astrophysics institutes.