DAR’S WORLD: This is the second book in DAR’s final trilogy—in other words, the second last novel he will write in his Miramichi cycle. His final novel, Darkness, will complete that cycle in 2019. It is time to talk about his accomplishment.
JOHN DELANO’S WORLD: Each book in this final trilogy features John Delano, the weary police officer who is a foil for the author himself. Again in this novel, John is a main character.
A WOMAN’S WORLD: The exciting thing about this particular book is the emergence of an unforgettable, and instantly classic female character in the fascinating Mary Cyr. DAR is a writer known for his masculine sensibility, but he is also one of the great writers of complex female characters—and Mary Cyr is one of his best.
Praise for Principles to Live By:
“Richards continues his career-long inquiry into the nature of morality…. Delano is a powerfully drawn, devastatingly flawed central character…. There is a powerful story here, written with Richards’ usual attention to detail and his wholly original approach to both prose and narrative, with a powerfully evoked, deeply flawed main character.” —The Vancouver Sun
“Principles to Live By demands that we look. Its descriptions are often staggeringly beautiful…. No one does the banality of evil quite like Richards…. A powerful, mysterious narrative engine.” —The Globe and Mail
“The man who lives without principles is a pitiable beast. The question is: what principles should we live by?…The novel is not so much a conventional crime novel as it is a devil’s comedy with God and His saints having the last word…. I like the author’s outspokenness, his bracing and fearless facing of the reader, eyeball to eyeball.” —National Post
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