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    A Hero of Our Time A Novel Naben Ruthnum Canada
    9780771096501 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:January 11, 2022
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 0.61 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 McClelland & Stewart
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      A wry comic novel with an acerbic wit, A Hero of Our Time is a vicious takedown of superficial diversity initiatives and tech culture, with a beating heart of broken sincerity.

      Osman Shah is a pitstop on his white colleague Olivia Robinson’s quest for corporate domination at AAP, an edutech startup determined to automate higher education.

      Osman, obsessed by Olivia’s ability to successfully disguise ambition and self-interest as collectivist diversity politics, is bent on exposing her. Aided by his colleague turned comrade-in-arms Nena, who loathes and tolerates him in equal measure, Osman delves into Olivia’s twisted past. But at every turn, he’s stymied by his unfailing gift for cruel observation, which he turns with most ferocity on himself, without ever noticing what it is that stops him from connecting to anyone in his past or present. As Osman loses his grip on his family, Nena, and everything he thought was essential to his identity, he confronts an enemy who may simply be too good at her job to be defeated.



      A Hero of Our Time cracks the veneer of well-intentioned race conversations in the West, dismantles cheery narratives of progress through tech and “streamlined” education, and exposes the venomous self-congratulation and devouring lust for wealth, power, and property that lurks beneath.

      Bio
      Naben Ruthnum lives in Toronto, and is the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race. As Nathan Ripley, he is the author of two thrillers, Find You In the Dark and Your Life is Mine. He also writes for film and television.



      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: Kelowna
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      Advance Praise for A HERO OF OUR TIME
       
      “Ruthnum’s language is graceful and hysterical—often in the same breath. His deft hand makes this sharp, propulsive skewering of corporate hypocrisy a rich read. ”
      —Mayukh Sen, author, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
       
      “Naben Ruthnum captures a side of modern employment and work culture that is so funny, so accurate and so specific—but somehow makes it feel incredibly universal. A Hero of Our Time made me laugh out loud and cringe, all while holding a mirror up to my own workplace experiences.”
      —Sarah Hagi, writer
       
      ”A shot across the bow and a major literary achievement, A Hero of Our Time is the most relevant work of satire this country has produced in years. In Ruthnum’s hands, the state of political discourse and the value of the education sector has never looked so etiolated or more deserving of a life preserver."
      —Jean Marc Ah-Sen, author of In the Beggarly Style of Imitation

      “Savage as A Hero of Our Time is, I’m not sure it can fairly be called satire. Naben Ruthnum’s assessment of corporate culture—and the academy, contemporary religion, the politics of identity, and so much more—is withering but honest. The novel nails so much about 21st century life; what can you do but laugh?”
      —Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind
       
       
       
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    Alaska Dreams Original Jennifer Snow Canada
    9781335639820 Paperback FICTION / Small Town & Rural On Sale Date:January 25, 2022
    $11.99 CAD 120.14 x 176.02 x 22.86 mm | 204.12 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y HQN
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      Is she making the right decision…for her career and her heart?

      Following a near-death experience, Selena Hudson is finally going after the career she wants. And since casting directors won’t see her as anything but a rom-com queen, Selena signs on to produce and star in her own movie—an edgy psychological thriller. But just as the cast and crew arrive on location in Wild River, Alaska, the leading man drops out of the production.

      Reporter Gus Orosco is not hiding out in Wild River—he’s waiting for the dust to settle after his on-camera “overreaction” triggered by watching his ex-fiancee get engaged to a superstar hockey player. Gus doesn’t want to be anywhere near the film crew shooting at his family’s campgrounds, but Selena makes him an offer he can’t refuse: she’ll snag Gus an interview with Sports Beat if he’ll be her leading man. All Gus has to do is learn his lines, hit his marks and somehow ignore the sparks flying between them…even though they’re hot enough to melt the Alaskan snow.

      Bonus Novella
      Jade Frazier learns that Christmas is the season for second chances—in life as well as love—in Jennifer Snow’s An Alaskan Christmas Homecoming.
      Bio
      Jennifer Snow is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty-five contemporary romances and thrillers. Her novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and some have been optioned for film and television. Also a screenwriter, Jen is known for her romantic comedies and female-driven dramas. A Canadian living in Torrevieja, Spain, with her husband and son, she loves to travel and spend time near the ocean. Visit her online at jennifersnowauthor.com.
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      "Never too late to join the growing ranks of Jennifer Snow fans."—Fresh Fiction

      "Readers will enjoy the mix of sexy love scenes, tense missions, and amiable banter. This entertaining introduction to Wild River will encourage fans of small-town contemporaries to follow the series."—Publishers Weekly on An Alaskan Christmas

      "An Alaskan Christmas is heartwarming, romantic, and utterly enjoyable."—Melissa Foster, New York Times bestselling author

      "An exciting contemporary series debut with a wildly unique Alaskan setting."—Kirkus Reviews on An Alaskan Christmas

      "Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged! Pure Christmas delight."—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on An Alaskan Christmas

      "Jennifer Snow is one clever writer."—RT Book Reviews

      "An Alaskan Christmas, the first book in the Wild River series, drew me in from the first page to the last. I tried to read slower so that I could savor the story and feel every emotion. I reveled in every nuance, felt the cold, the wind and snow, and loved the small town and the mountains… I can’t wait to return to Wild River." —Romance Junkies

      "This first title in the Wild River series is passionate, sensual, and very sexy. The freezing, winter-cold portrayal of the Alaskan ski slopes is not the only thing sending chills through one's body."
      New York Journal of Books

      "Grab some hot cocoa with this one and enjoy Snow's latest."—RT Book Reviews on The Mistletoe Melody

      "Ms. Snow brings the drama, heat, and heart along with a great cast of characters."—Harlequin Junkie on Pushing the Limits

      "Jennifer Snow has written a story to keep you reading into the night."—Fresh Fiction on An Alaskan Christmas

      "Set in the wilds of Alaska, the beauty of winter and the cold shines through in this romance." —Fresh Fiction on An Alaskan Christmas

      "Alaska Reunion has a little bit of everything—drama, humor, friendship, and love. It’s a well-written story that will draw readers in."
      Harlequin Junkie
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    Except the Dying 25th Anniversary Edition Maureen Jennings Canada
    9780771000508 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:January 18, 2022
    $21.00 CAD 5.19 x 7.99 x 1.03 in | 0.78 lb | 376 pages Carton Quantity:24 McClelland & Stewart
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      The novel that sparked the hugely popular Murdoch Mysteries television series celebrates its 25th anniversary.



      Includes a new introduction and a previously unpublished short story featuring the young Detective Murdoch.


      In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a young woman is found naked and frozen in a quiet laneway. Acting Detective William Murdoch, driven by pity for the girl and the desire to secure his promotion, is determined to pursue every lead and reveal the truth. Although influential people pressure the police to solve the mystery quickly, when the girl is eventually identified, it becomes clear that those connected with her life have secrets to hide.

      Murdoch must use every detective skill he possesses as well as his understanding of human nature as he pursues the mystery through both brothels and drawing rooms, desperate to untangle the case before more lives are lost.


      Series Overview: The Detective Murdoch Mysteries are all set in Toronto in the last decade of the nineteenth century, and the author is brilliant at infusing each novel with a major social issue of the era. Her stories are rich in vivid details and well-portrayed characters, giving readers not just a rattling good mystery, but a full immersion in the life and times of a late-Victorian city that straddles the old and new worlds.

      Publication History: M&S MM (05/04)
      Bio
      MAUREEN JENNINGS was born in the UK and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. After a long career as a psychotherapist, she became a full-time writer, starting with the Murdoch Mystery series, of which Except the Dying is the first. The series has since been adapted for TV and is still in production. She has also written several other series and a book of non-fiction relating to creativity, as well as four plays and one novella. Jennings has won several awards and honours, including eight nominations from Crime Writers of Canada, and her books have been translated into several languages. She lives in Toronto with her husband and her dog, Murdoch. 



      Author Residence: Toronto

      Author Hometown: Birmingham, England
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      Awards
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      Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award

      “No author has mined Toronto’s past with the dedication to detail of mystery writer Maureen Jennings.”
      Toronto Star

      “A chiller…impressive. An engaging historical mystery.”
      Houston Chronicle

      “Remarkable.”
      Philadelphia Inquirer

      “A first novel enriched by the vividness of its period settings and animated by the lifelike characters caught up in its broad social sweep.”
      – New York Times

      “Jennings creates more than a period mystery. She brings alive 1895 Toronto.”
      – Publishers Weekly

      “A winner. Provocative…finely flavored, credible, and detailed.”
      – Library Journal

      “Terrific…the best historical mystery of the year…. Murdoch is a fine creation…. We can’t wait to meet him again.”
      Mystery Collector’s BookLine
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    Her Last Goodbye A Novel Original Rick Mofina Canada
    9780778311720 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:January 25, 2022
    $12.99 CAD 104.65 x 187.71 x 32.26 mm | 0.63 lb | 544 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y MIRA
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      Family ties run deep. Family secrets run deeper.

      Perfect wife. Doting mom. Jennifer Griffin was loved by everyone, including the women in her suburban-neighborhood book club. Their meetings sometimes went late, but Jenn always came home.

      Until that night.

      When Greg Griffin wakes to find his wife is not in bed, his blood runs cold. Her book club friends say Jenn left for home hours ago. But she’s missing. Greg tells detectives their marriage is good, but his alibi is razor-thin. With their young son away at a sleepover, Greg had all night to commit a crime. And there are scrapes on his hands…

      Investigators discover Jenn has troubling secrets, but she isn't the only one. With the threads of their picture-perfect life unraveling, Greg is forced to confront the lies that hold their marriage together—and a dark past that refuses to stay buried.

      Bio
      Rick Mofina is a former crime reporter and the award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. He's interviewed murderers face-to-face on death row; patrolled with the LAPD and the RCMP. His true crime articles have appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Reader’s Digest and Penthouse. He's reported from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Qatar and Kuwait's border with Iraq. For more information please visit www.rickmofina.com
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      "Rick Mofina's books are edge-of-your seat thrilling. Page turners that don't let up."—Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      "A blood pact, a horrific crime, and a lifetime of secret and lies come back to haunt in this layered, engrossing thriller. Their Last Secret is Rick Mofina at his edge-of-your-seat, can't-stop-turning-the-pages best as he dives deep into questions of truth, justice, and ultimately redemption. A riveting, moving read."—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestelling author of Confessions on the 7:45

      "Well-developed characters and an intense pace add to this gripping novel. This latest from a gifted storyteller should not be missing from your reading pile."—Library Journal, starred review, on Missing Daughter

      "A pulse-pounding nail-biter."—The Big Thrill on Last Seen

      "Six Seconds should be Rick Mofina's breakout thriller. It moves like a tornado."—James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

      "Six Seconds is a great read. Echoing Ludlum and Forsythe, author Mofina has penned a big, solid international thriller that grabs your gut—and your heart—in the opening scenes and never lets go."—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

      "The Panic Zone is a headlong rush toward Armageddon. Its brisk pace and tight focus remind me of early Michael Crichton."—Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      "Rick Mofina's tense, taut writing makes every thriller he writes an adrenaline-packed ride."—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

      "Mofina's clipped prose reads like short bursts of gunfire."—Publishers Weekly on No Way Back

      "Vengeance Road is a thriller with no speed limit! It's a great read!"—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author
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    The Agents Grégoire Courtois, Rhonda Mullins Canada
    9781552454329 Paperback FICTION / Dystopian On Sale Date:January 18, 2022
    $21.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 0.75 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:27 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Nineteen Eighty-Four meets Squid Game, via The Office, in this boldly dystopian novel

      The agents don’t know what they’re agents of, but they’re very busy agenting, which means watching endless data feeds in their cubicles, cubicles that are piled one on top of another in a massive tower in which the agents both live and work. Empty floors serve as battlefields where different guilds of agents fight for territory. It seems that defenestration is the only way out, the ‘ballet of suicides.’

      It is here we meet Theodore, who has amputated his own toes and must maintain a 30-degree angle to keep his balance. And Solveig, who is pregnant, though agents don’t usually have sex, as well as the artist Lazslo and self-mutilating Clara. And then there’s Hick, the new agent, who seems strangely happy and occupies a cubicle that is strategically very important.

      The battle for key territory is heating up, and the agents aren’t sure which of them will make it out alive. If, indeed, that’s what any of them want…

      The author of the acclaimed The Laws of the Skies turns his hand from literary horror to futuristic dystopianism in this unforgettable marriage between The Office, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Squid Game.

      "Engrossing and unpredictable ... a thoughtful and provocative speculative novel that casts a keen critical eye toward the contemporary world, addressing deep questions about the meanings of life, community, and work." – Forward Reviews

      “Unflinching in its savagery, the nightmarish poetry of this modern Lord of the Flies is undeniable.” – Publishers Weekly starred review on The Laws of the Skies

      “A haunting book, if you can keep reading.” – LitHub on The Laws of the Skies

      The Law of the Skies is not an easy book to digest ... but I found it exhilarating to read a novel that’s this unflinching, this nihilistic, and also this deeply profound.” –Locus Magazine

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      Gregoire Courtois lives and works in Burgundy, where he runs the independent bookstore Obliques, which he bought in 2011. A novelist and playwright, he has published four novels with Le Quartanier: Revolution (2011), Surequipee (2015), Les lois du ciel (2016), and Les agents (2019). In 2013 he founded Caracteres, an international book festival in Auxerre, which he continues torun. Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator. She received the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Twenty-One Cardinals, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Les heritiers de la mine . And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, as were her translations of Elise Turcotte's Guyana and Herve Fischer's The Decline of the Hollywood Empire . Rhonda currently lives in Montreal.
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      "Novels like this are why we need the horror genre." –Winnipeg Free Press

      "[This] novel is about how work, as defined by late-stage capitalism, has gradually become the sole purpose of our lives. " – Ian Mond, Locus Magazine

      "Engrossing and unpredictable … a thoughtful and provocative speculative novel that casts a keen critical eye toward the contemporary world, addressing deep questions about the meanings of life, community, and work." – Forward Reviews

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    9781553806509 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:June 03, 2022 Print Run:500
    $21.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0 in | 10 gr | 320 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Ronsdale Press
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      A string of trade beads is passed from generation to generation, from Captain Cook at Nootka Sound to a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry hearing in Northern British Columbia.   Through three hundred years of Canadian history, the beads bear witness to the story of a family who unwillingly play a central role in our collective record of assimilation, unbridled racism, colonialism, genocide-and of the ?rare acts of compassion and courage from the ?few settlers who saw injustice and risked their careers and even their lives- to end it. 
      Based on, and heavily inspired by, real events and real people, The Colour of Glass is a work of fiction. It chronicles the relationship between Indigenous people and the fur traders, politicians, judges, police, priests and school staff who looked to profit from, assimilate, or eradicate Indigenous people and their cultures, and it lays open the costs of those actions; costs we are still paying today. 
      The Colour of Glass is an unflinching account of three centuries of contact. It speaks uncomfortable and difficult truths about Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people, but it also speaks to the hope that with truth there will come understanding-and ultimately reconciliation. 
      Bio
      DAVID STARR is the prize-winning author of six previous books, including Ronsdale's The Nor'Wester (2017) and The King's Shilling (2018). He is the past winner of the Province's "Serial Thriller" writing competition, and was an education columnist for the Chinese language paper WC Weekly. David Starr is a high school principal, who lives in Coquitlam, B.C. Visit him at www.davidstarr.org.
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    9781728246598 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:January 25, 2022
    $38.99 CAD 10.85 x 3.46 x 0.16 in | 450 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Poisoned Pen Press
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      "With its countless revelations about the dusty realms of rare books, a likable librarian sleuth who has just the right balance of compassion and wit, and a library setting that is teeming with secrets, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is a rare treat for readers. I loved this book!"—Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

      Anxious People meets the delights of bookish fiction in a stunning debut following a librarian whose quiet life is turned upside down when a priceless manuscript goes missing. Soon she has to ask: what holds more secrets in the library—the ancient books shelved in the stacks, or the people who preserve them?

      Liesl Weiss long ago learned to be content working behind the scenes in the distinguished rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she's left to run things, she discovers that the library's most prized manuscript is missing.

      Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book, but is told repeatedly to keep quiet, to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues' pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long—and about the people who care for and revere them—shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.

      The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is a sparkling book-club read about a woman struggling to step out from behind the shadows of powerful and unreliable men, and reveals the dark edge of obsession running through the most devoted bookworms.

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      EVA JURCZYK is a writer and librarian living in Toronto. She has written for Jezebel, The Awl, The Rumpus, and Publishers Weekly. This is her first novel.
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      "This intricately woven literary mystery brings readers into the cut-throat world of academia where rare book collections compete for money and prestige, and where those in power will do whatever it takes to protect their institution. A strong female protagonist and complex relationships drive this impressive, genre-bending debut." — Wendy Walker, international bestselling author of Don't Look for Me
      "Who doesn't love a mystery involving rare books and bad librarians? This clever, deftly written story has all that and more. A great pleasure from beginning to end." — Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
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    The Hitman's Daughter Carolyne Topdjian Canada
    9781951709587 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:April 01, 2022
    $38.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.07 in | 510 gr | 350 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Agora Books
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      The Château du Ciel was once the destination for the rich and famous to play, drink and ski—complete with a private railway to shuttle those desiring extra privacy—now, however, the guests are few and far between. The New Year’s Eve party was supposed to hoist the rundown hotel back to its former status, until a massive blizzard hits, trapping the guests who’ve come to celebrate the grand hotel’s last hurrah. The circumstances might even be romantic, if the hotel wasn't reputed to be haunted.

      When hotel employee Mave Michael finds the resident artist dead, and shortly thereafter hotel security finds Mave alone with the body, the reputation that Mave has fought long and hard to outrun comes back to haunt her. You see, her father is a notorious hitman who is serving multiple life sentences in prison. She has changed her name and location dozens of times, but he somehow manages to track her down—even sending her a postcard on the eve of her birthday, January 1st. She’s the perfect choice to frame for murder, and now the number one suspect.

      Mave can no longer deny the lessons in survival her father taught her, and calls on that and her uncanny sixth-sense in “finding” lost objects to navigate the maze of the hotel. To save herself, she not only has to stop running from her own past, she must unearth the history of the hotel, its elite guests and buried secrets—one deadly sin at a time.

      An homage to classic gothic horror, that proves that the ghosts of family and classism are alive and well.

      Bio
      Carolyne Topdjian is a suspense writer with publications in PRISM International, Dreamers Magazine and Firewords Quarterly. She has an interdisciplinary PHD from York University and is a professor in the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto. She is a two-time Pitch Wars mentor and lives in a 112-year-old haunted house. This is her first novel. Find her online at: carolynetopdjian.com and on Twitter @TopdjianC
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      "A fast-paced haunting novel of survival."—Library Journal (Starred Review)


      "Topdjian’s debut thriller is intense with foreboding and an eerie sense of place. The past and present perspectives captivate the reader and connect brilliantly to reveal a shocking conclusion. Fans of Jen Williams, Karin Slaughter, and Alex North will enjoy this one!"—Booklist


      "Carolyne Topdjian's THE HITMAN'S DAUGHTER nails every classic gothic horror trope in the most elegant of ways, drawing us into a ghostly suspense story with exquisite imagery, lush language and a cast of characters in the tradition of the best whodunits. Sumptuous, sinister, and seductive, I was both charmed and haunted."—Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and The Weight of Lies


      "A tense and atmospheric gothic mystery with lots of unexpected twists. Topdjian brings the Château du Ciel to life, with its haunted library, the twisting labyrinth of tunnels beneath it, and the suspicious cast of residents and guests whose pasts are intertwined with the hotel's dark history."—Allison Buccola, author of Catch Her When She Falls


      "Suspenseful, haunting and intricate, Topdjian masterfully delivers in this atmospheric debut that will have you on the edge of your seat."—Karen Winn, author of Our Little World




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