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    A Corruption of Blood The latest Raven and Fisher Mystery Main Ambrose Parry
    9781786899859 Hardcover FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:October 19, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6.38 x 9.45 x 1.46 in | 630 gr | 416 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      A Raven and Fisher Mystery: Book 3

      Edinburgh, 1850. This city will bleed you dry.

      Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed up at the Port of Leith. Stranger still, a man Raven has long detested is pleading for his help to escape the hangman.

      Back in the townhouse of Dr James Simpson, Sarah Fisher has set her sights on learning to practise medicine. Almost everyone seems intent on dissuading her from this ambition, but when word reaches her that a woman has recently obtained a medical degree despite her gender, Sarah decides to seek her out.

      Raven's efforts to prove his former adversary's innocence are failing and he desperately needs Sarah's help. Putting their feelings for one another aside, their investigations take them to both extremes of Edinburgh's social divide, where they discover that wealth and status cannot alter a fate written in the blood.

      Bio

      Ambrose Parry is the penname for two very different authors - the internationally bestselling and multi-award-winning Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist of twenty years' experience, Dr Marisa Haetzman. Inspired by the gory details Haetzman uncovered during her History of Medicine degree, the couple teamed up to write a series of historical crime thrillers, featuring the darkest of Victorian Edinburgh's secrets. They are married and live in Scotland.

      Both The Way of All Flesh and The Art of Dying were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. A Corruption of Blood is the third Raven and Fisher Mystery.


      @ambroseparry

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      Awards
      CWA Historical Dagger 2022, Long-listed
      Reviews
      The ambience of mid-nineteenth-century Edinburgh is well captured and makes for a gripping read. The authors are astute observers of human behaviour and outlook. The three novels in the trilogy are clearly well researched and shine a light on the cruelties, injustices and inequalities of the period described . . . Based on some actual events it's more than mere entertainment
      [A] stellar third whodunit set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh . . . The integration of real history enhances a page-turning plot
      Another brilliant evocation of mid-nineteenth century Scotland, this series just gets better and better. The backstory of the characters, loves, careers and ambitions, is as riveting as the mystery . . . A mix of drama, romance and thriller
      A thoroughly enjoyable fast-paced romp through the darkened streets of Victorian Edinburgh
      Praise for the series: Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive - and it's a world of pain
      Brilliantly conceived, fiendishly plotted and immaculately realised, these thrillers pull off the most difficult double-whammy of all: beneath blood and butchery so real they almost stain the pages lie both heart and soul . . . Wherever Parry takes them, I'll follow
      A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read
      Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry's debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won't let you go until the final page
      Gleeful, romping . . . The fog and stench of Edinburgh's Old Town definitely jump off the page . . . The central relationship between loveable rogue Raven and proto-feminist Fisher is the beating heart of The Art of Dying. Both characters are drawn with real empathy and nuance, and their complicated feelings for each other drive the book as much as the smart storylines. A great piece of storytelling
      An astonishing debut. The dark and dangerous past is brought thrillingly to life. I can't wait to read more of Raven and Sarah
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    9781786897190 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6.38 x 9.45 x 1.42 in | 630 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      SHORTLISTED FOR THE McILVANNEY PRIZE FOR SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
      A TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

      NO ONE WILL FORGET . . .

      In a grimy flat in Glasgow, a homemade bomb explodes, leaving few remains to identify its maker.

      Detective Harry McCoy knows in his gut that there'll be more to follow. The hunt for a missing sailor from the local US naval base leads him to the secretive group behind the bomb, and their disturbing, dominating leader.

      On top of that, McCoy thinks he's doing an old friend a favour when he passes on a warning, but instead he's pulled into a vicious gang feud. And in the meantime, there's word another bigger explosion is coming Glasgow's way - so if the city is to survive, it'll take everything McCoy's got . .

      Bio

      Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, February's Son was nominated for an Edgar Award and The April Dead was shortlisted for The McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He lives and works in Glasgow.

      The April Dead
      is the fourth Harry McCoy thriller.

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      Awards
      The McIlvanney Prize 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      One of the great Scottish crime writers . . . Whether it be William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Alan Parks, the way they view - and depict - the world gives great pleasure . . . Like the very best crime novels, The April Dead makes you keenly aware of all the pain out there and (almost) alleviates it
      This is Scottish noir at its gritty darkest, the fourth instalment in Detective Harry McCoy's rocky career. Behind his bloody-minded disrespect for his superiors and sardonic wit, McCoy is a tough and instinctive copper who learned his skills on the beat. A cracking read
      Brilliant . . . The April Dead should grace the bookshelves of every crime fan
      The April Dead may be the grisliest McCoy novel yet, but also, with its pace and urgency, the most exciting
      Dark and gritty . . . Gripping
      Immensely exciting . . . One of the best police thrillers of the last few years
      Tightly plotted and fast-moving, this well-wrought historical thriller highlights Parks' keen analysis of Scotland's societal traumas, in particular the failure to cope with domestic violence and child abuse. Tartan noir fans won't want to miss this one
      The lean, muscular prose is matched by a deep dive into character and the seamy side of the city . . . A full-bodied immersion into Glasgow's gritty past
      Praise for the Harry McCoy series: Fascinating and dangerous . . . Parks has clearly studied the masters of tartan noir but has his own voice. He shows how, among the welter of violence, a spontaneous act of kindness can have just as great an impact
      An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter
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    9781786897183 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.91 in | 270 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Black Thorn
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      'Its plot twists and turns . . . Fascinating' The Times
      'Addictive' i

      WHO IS TO BLAME WHEN NO ONE IS INNOCENT?

      There's a heatwave in Glasgow and the drugs trade is booming. The whole force is searching for missing thirteen-year-old Alice Kelly. All except Harry McCoy, who has been taken off the case after a run-in with the boss, and is instead sent alone to investigate the death of rock-star Bobby March, who has just overdosed in the Royal Stuart hotel.

      The papers want blood. The force wants results. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?

      Bio

      Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow.

      Bobby March Will Live Forever is the third Harry McCoy thriller.

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      Even better than its predecessors . . . Its plot twists and turns, provoking laughter and tears . . . Fascinating and dangerous . . . Parks has clearly studied the masters of tartan noir but has his own voice. He shows how, among the welter of violence, a spontaneous act of kindness can have just as great an impact
      Addictive reading
      Draws the reader in with equal parts of twist and grit . . . It's McCoy, though, who makes this series something special - he's multi-layered and three-dimensional, with his own idiosyncratic work ethic . . . With this third instalment of the McCoy books, Parks has continued to build a series that no crime fan should miss: dangerous, thrilling, but with a kind voice to cut through the darkness
      Alan Parks has swiftly established himself as an exciting new voice in the world of tartan noir . . . Parks knows the city intimately, and this comes across effortlessly on the page
      Parks captures the feel of a city long vanished in a breathless and tense retro crime caper
      This piece of tartan noir, with its twisting, turning plot, is full of fun period detail
      The morally ambiguous, deeply flawed McCoy makes an ideal antihero
      PRAISE FOR BLOODY JANUARY: An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter
      A potent tale of death . . . Alan Parks's excellent first novel propels him into the top class of Scottish noir authors . . . Detective Harry McCoy . . . is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey
      1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood
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    Laidlaw Main William McIlvanney
    9781838856199 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.71 in | 210 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      THE FIRST IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY. WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER.
      THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW!

      'If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it' Guardian
      'A bloody good read' Val McDermid

      When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only one man stands a chance of finding her killer. Jack Laidlaw. He is a man of contrasts, ravaged by inner demons but driven by a deep compassion for the violent criminals in Glasgow's underworld. But will Laidlaw's unorthodox methods get him to the killer in time, when the victim's father is baying for blood?

      Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

      Bio

      William McIlvanney is the author of the award-winning Laidlaw trilogy, featuring Glasgow's original maverick detective. Both Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, while the third in the series, Strange Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize. He died in December 2015.

      Laidlaw is the first book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.

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      Awards
      Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2013, Short-listed
      CWA Silver Dagger 1978, Winner
      Reviews
      He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him
      The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing
      Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city
      It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw
      Forensic examination would likely reveal that all Scottish crime novels have a little Laidlaw in their DNA . . . Powerful, gripping and beautifully written
      A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind
      McIlvanney is the razor king of Scottish crime writing, carving out crackling prose and pounding storylines. His Laidlaw is an enduring hero with the dry wit and insight to make other literary detectives seem two-dimensional
      The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones. McIlvanney proved that crime writing could have both perfect style and huge ambition. Most of us writing crime fiction today are standing on the shoulders of giants. McIlvanney is one such giant
      If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it
      In his compelling novel, LAIDLAW, McIlvanney lays bare the soul of Glasgow, capturing every nuance of its many voices
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    The Papers of Tony Veitch Main William McIlvanney
    9781838856229 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.75 in | 220 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      THE SECOND IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY. WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER.
      THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW!

      'In a class of his own' Guardian
      'Reads like a breathless scalpel through the bloody heart of a great city' Denise Mina

      Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

      Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

      Bio

      William McIlvanney is the author of the award-winning Laidlaw trilogy, featuring Glasgow's original maverick detective. Both Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, while the third in the series, Strange Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize. He died in December 2015.

      The Papers of Tony Veitch is the second book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.

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      Awards
      CWA Silver Dagger 1983, Winner
      Reviews
      A bloody good read
      The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing
      A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind
      It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw
      In a class of his own
      The good news is that Laidlaw is back
      He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him
      Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city
      McIlvanney is the razor king of Scottish crime writing, carving out crackling prose and pounding storylines. His Laidlaw is an enduring hero with the dry wit and insight to make other literary detectives seem two-dimensional
      The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones. McIlvanney proved that crime writing could have both perfect style and huge ambition. Most of us writing crime fiction today are standing on the shoulders of giants. McIlvanney is one such giant
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    Strange Loyalties Main William McIlvanney
    9781838856212 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.91 in | 260 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      THE THIRD IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY
      THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW!

      'The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones' Mark Billingham

      'It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw' Ian Rankin

      When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. Laidlaw begins an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as about the brother he has lost, in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

      Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

      Bio

      William McIlvanney is the author of the award-winning Laidlaw trilogy, featuring Glasgow's original maverick detective. Both Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, while the third in the series, Strange Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize. He died in December 2015.

      Strange Loyalties is the third book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.

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      Awards
      Glasgow Herald People's Prize 1992, Winner
      Reviews
      It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw
      His Laidlaw is an enduring hero with the dry wit and insight to make other literary detectives seem two-dimensional
      The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones
      Transfixing
      He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him
      The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing
      A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind
      The good news is that Laidlaw is back
      In a class of his own
      Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city
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    9781838855147 Paperback FICTION / Crime On Sale Date:September 21, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.87 in | 250 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      When two bodies are found brutally murdered at a building site in Battersea, DS Cal Drake is first to the scene. He sees an opportunity: to solve a high-profile case and to repair his reputation after a botched undercover operation almost ended his promising career in the Violent Crimes Unit.

      Assigned to work with the forensic psychologist Dr Rayhana Crane, and on the hunt for an elusive killer, Drake's investigations lead down the dark corridors of the past - to the Iraq war and the destruction both he and Crane witnessed there. With a community poised on the brink of violence, Crane and Drake must put their lives on the line to stop the killer before vengeance is unleashed.

      Bio

      Parker Bilal is the author of the Makana Investigations series, the third of which, The Ghost Runner, was longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Divinities, the first in his Crane & Drake London crime series, was published in 2019. Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. Born in London, he has lived in a number of places, including the UK, Denmark, Spain and, currently, the Netherlands.

      @Parker_Bilal | jamalmahjoub.com

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      Terrific crime fiction rooted in geopolitics
      Bilal tells the story with ferocious, exhilarating energy . . . essential reading
      A firecracker of a novel that delves deep into the rot infecting both politics and big business
      Told with a delicate elegance . . . It promises to be a fine series
      A brilliantly-written London noir from a master of the crime genre
      A fresh and vivid portrait of a city that is less melting pot than explosive pressure cooker
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    Headlong Main Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    9781838853785 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:October 19, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.75 in | 220 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Black Thorn
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      Does blood run thicker than ink?

      When one of London's best-known literary agents is found dead in strange circumstances, seemingly having fallen from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure to confirm a case of accidental death. But when the evidence points to murder, the team find themselves uncovering some decidedly scandalous secrets.

      Every lead seems to result in more questions, and as Slider delves deeper into the publishing world it's up to him to sort fact from fiction.

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      Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of over ninety books, including her acclaimed Bill Slider mysteries and her Morland Dynasty series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.

      cynthiaharrodeagles.com

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      Dialogue sparkling with wit and humour . . . An immensely enjoyable ride through London and its publishing world in the company of thoroughly relatable characters. Readers will wish for Slider's career to continue for many years to come
      While the investigation itself makes for an attention-grabbing read, it's Harrod-Eagles' deftly drawn characters and the sheer likeability of Slider and his colleagues that provide the central appeal. As always, Harrod-Eagles salts the narrative with witty repartee, including a wealth of clever puns, all of which help make reading this particular book and the entire series such a treat
      This intricately plotted police procedural is filled with puns, wordplay and cop humour. Slider and his team of believable police detectives are likeable in this witty, thoughtful mystery
      Praise for Cynthia Harrod-Eagles: For detection fans demanding quality and heart as well as ingenious plots
      Harrod-Eagles writes terrific crime novels, meshing fully realized characters with multilevel plot lines
      A truly outstanding series
      Harrod-Eagles is never less than expert in presenting suspect
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    Devil's Fjord Main David Hewson
    9781838853761 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:October 19, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.91 in | 260 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      A remote island. An isolated community. A terrible secret.

      If the new District Sheriff, Tristan Haraldsen, thought moving to a remote village on the island of Vagar would be the chance for a peaceful life with his wife Elsebeth, his first few weeks in office swiftly correct him of that notion.

      Provoked into taking part in the village's whale hunt against his will, Haraldsen blunders badly, and in the ensuing chaos two local boys go missing. Blaming himself, Haraldsen dives into the investigation and soon learns that the boys are not the first to have gone missing on Vagar.

      As Tristan and Elsebeth become increasingly ensnared by the island's past, they realise its wild beauty hides an altogether uglier and sinister truth.

      Bio

      David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, the Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels including his Rome-based Nic Costa series, which has been published in fifteen languages. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series The Killing.

      @david_hewson | davidhewson.com

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      As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages
      Hewson expertly paints a punishing Faroese winter, crafting the perfect backdrop for this chilling addition to the growing field of crime fiction set in the Faroe Islands
      This grim tale [is] almost the stuff of Norse myths . . . Readers will be gripped and hold fast until the shocking end
      Praise for David Hewson: No author has ever brought Rome so alive for me - nor made it seem so sinister
      David Hewson's Rome is dark and tantalising, seductive and dangerous, a place where present-day crimes ring with the echoes of history
      Hewson . . . effortlessly keeps thrills coming a mile a minute
      Hewson does more than provide a thrilling read. He saves you the airfare to Italy. When you turn the last page, you'll think you've been there
      A riveting and fast-paced thriller . . . every character hides a dark secret that, like Rome's ancient mysteries, seems to lurk just beyond reach. A complex and satisfying mystery from a master plot maker
      Costa and Peroni, like all the best fictional detectives, become more rounded and interesting with every episode
      Hewson's inventiveness never flags
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    The River Capture Main Mary Costello
    9781786898043 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 07, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 5.08 x 7.8 x 0.67 in | 190 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Canongate Books
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      'Exceptional' The Times
      'Luminous . . . Unexpected' Guardian

      Shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, the Dalkey Literary Awards and the Kerry Group Awards

      Luke O'Brien has left Dublin to live a quiet life on the bend of the River Sullane. Alone in his big house, he longs for a return to his family's heyday and turns to books for solace. One morning a young woman arrives at his door, presenting Luke and his family with an almost impossible dilemma.

      Bio
      Mary Costello lives in Galway. Her short story collection, The China Factory (2012), was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. Her first novel, Academy Street (2014), won the Irish Novel of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and was named overall Irish Book of the Year. The River Capture, her second novel, was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, the Dalkey Book Awards and the Kerry Group Awards.
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      Awards
      Irish Book Awards Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2019, Short-listed
      Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2020, Short-listed
      Dalkey Literary Awards: Novel of the Year 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews
      One of the most surprising and original novels of 2019 . . . Exceptional . . . This is a sensory book that draws on the body to feed the mind
      Elegantly written . . . Exquisite and impressionistic prose
      An intellectual romp through language and word philosophy, and a self-confessed homage to James Joyce . . . Costello writes insightfully
      Luminous . . . Unexpected . . . An audacious act of literary ventriloquism and one that Costello pulls off astonishingly successfully . . . Joyce devotees will discover much to enjoy in this clever homage, while fans of contemporary Irish literature will find a subtle, slightly melancholy, engrossing read
      The River Capture is breathtaking. It is profound in the most bruising way; elegant, and then thrillingly savage; expansive, but masterfully precise, and full of sentences that made me choke on jealous rage. Costello is in a different class altogether
      Astonishingly bittersweet and beautiful, The River Capture is a quiet, important, hypnotic book about absolutely everything. It is as near perfect as it is possible for a novel to be
      A hypnotic read revealing how the ebb and flow of memory, family loyalty and love can disrupt the current of a life
      Powerful . . . The River Capture reminds us that everything is connected, that we are, as humans, not separate from the teeming world of nature around us . . . Lyrical
      Intense, engrossing, a novel that constantly subverts the reader's expectation - Mary Costello is a truly startling talent
      Costello's writing is truly beautiful and this book will hypnotise you from the first page to the last

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