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September 2018 Fiction: Canadian

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Ricochet Books
Four Days
By (author): John Buell Introduction by: Trevor Ferguson
9781550655117 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Noir Montreal Sep 15, 2018
$14.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0 in 160 pages Vehicule Press
In Four Days, an orphaned boy watches as his older brother and idol graduates from petty thievery into big-league crime. A bank heist goes awry, leaving loose threads and dangerous links back to the brothers. Following instructions, the boy leaves the city with the stolen money and travels to a rendezvous point in a mountain vacation resort. What he doesn't know is that he is on his own, his brother will not show up--and the underworld is after him.

John Buell's gripping second novel, Four Days, was first published in 1962 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy in the United States and Macmillan in the UK. John Buell wrote five novels--The Pyx (1959), Four Days (1962), The Shrewsdale Exit (1972), Playground (1976) and A Lot to Make Up For (1990)--three of which were made into feature films. This Ricochet Books edition of Four Days marks the reintroductionof the work of a neglected master of suspense.

Ricochet Books is a series of vintage noir mysteries, edited by Brian Busby. He is the author of The Dusty Bookcase: A Journey ThroughCanada's Forgotten, Neglected and Suppressed Writing.

John Buell (1927-2013) was a lifelong resident of Montreal, where he taught English and Communication Studies at Concordia University. Upon his retirement in 1987, he was made professor emeritus. Buell's five novels - The Pyx (1959), Four Days (1962), The Shrewsdale Exit (1972), Playground (1976) and A Lot to Make Up For (1990) - were lauded by Edmund Wilson, amongst other prominent critics. Three of Buell's novels have been made into feature films.

Trevor Ferguson is the author of seven novels under his own name and six under his pseudonym, John Farrow. One of his novels, The Timekeeper, became a feature film. His most recent title is Perish the Day. He lives in Hudson, Quebec.

Praise for John Buell's The Pyx:

"Mr. Buell proves he has real talent.... The author's choice of a mystery or suspense story format to serve his serious purpose reminds one of Graham Greene's novels, but The Pyx is not just another in a long line of imitations." --The Critic

"One of the most unusual novels of the year." -- The Los Angeles Times

"Shockingly powerful." -- The New York Times Book Review

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