Things are not right at the Forum
in Montreal. Private investigator Harry Krisman, being besides
a bird watcher a hockey buff of the Boston Bruins, has always
believed in extra forces behind the Montreal Canadiens good
fortunes over the years. When two NHL referees are killed
in the Greater Boston area, Harry's on the case.
A secret society, Campus de Fleurs-de-Lys,
once devoted to the kings of France, seems to have disappeared
from history after the French Revolution. It rises again in
a military family just before World War I in the French Foreign
Legion, later at Dien Bien Phu in Indo-China, and finally
in Canada, where it espouses, as its solde cause, the Montreal
Canadiens of the NHL.
It concerns years of cheating,
conniving, and murder to see that the aims of Les Habitants
are perpetuated, the legacy continued. They have their own
assassin, an enforcer, Guillaume L'Voner, a survivor of Dien
Bien Phu, who has a carrot dangled in front of him by the
Campus de Fleurs-de-Lys. They have promised to find the Vietnamese
who tortured and killed the other members of his squad.
L'Voner, thinking always of his
murdered companions and his being set free by the murdered
"to wreak any possible puny revenge", waits forty
years for the war criminal to be found, committing murders
as directed all the while by the organization.
Harry and Kell finally chase
down the assassin at Chelsea Creek, near Boston, when L'Voner
and the long-sought Vietnamese enemy finally come together,
all after Harry's young driver has his throat slashed in Montreal,
Maxine is attached in a restaurant by L'Voner, and Harry's
god-father, Brother Pierre, is stalked and nearly killed by
L'Voner at Brother Pierre's mountain retreat.