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The Winners' Circle
By (author): Gail Bowen
9780771024061 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Aug 01, 2017
$32.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in 272 pages McClelland & Stewart
Book 17 of the nationally bestselling Joanne Kilbourn series is classic Gail Bowen: masterfully compelling storytelling that combines a modern, urban family with a gripping, satisfying mystery.

As Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, her husband, Zack, and their soon-to-be seventeen-year-old daughter, Taylor, rush through the rain from their cottage to their car, the Thanksgiving weekend they just spent at the lake with Zack’s law partners is already slipping away, burnished into memory as pleasantly as the hundreds of other weekends the Falconer-Shreve families have shared at Lawyers’ Bay. Thoughts of the weekend past will now focus on the future and be prefaced by the words “next time.”

Within weeks, a triple homicide will rip apart the lives of those related to the lawyers who, at the end of their first year in law school, only half-jokingly styled themselves “The Winners’ Circle.” Dazed by grief, Joanne will seek answers to an impossible question: “Why did they die?”

The facts behind the suicide of Christopher Altieri, known by his law partners as “the conscience of The Winners’ Circle,” appear to provide insights, but for Joanne those insights raise new, unsettling questions. Knitting this powerful narrative together is Joanne’s unshakeable belief that the only thing worse than knowing is not knowing.

Story Locale: Regina, SK

Series Overview: The Winners’ Circle is the 17th book in the Joanne Kilbourn series which began with Deadly Appearances in 1990.

BESTSELLING AND ENDURING AUTHOR: Gail Bowen is a well-known and loved Canadian mystery writer. Her broad fan base is dedicated and her readership remains steady.

TIRELESS PROMOTER: Gail works year-round, regularly promoting her books at live events across the country, in print, radio, and online.

MYSTERY WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Though Gail is never afraid to take readers into the dark corners of humanity, she seamlessly blends this with social commentary and socially minded values.

GAIL BOWEN’s first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all sixteen previous books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009 she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Gail Bowen lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Author Residence: Regina, SK

Author Hometown: Victoria, BC

Marketing: Social Media Promotions

Publicity: National Media & Events

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Praise for Gail Bowen and the Joanne Kilbourn series:

“Remarkable…”—Toronto Star

“In all of Canadian crime, Joanne and her creator are among the most dependably enduring.”—London Free Press

“The reliable Bowen virtues—deftly drawn characters, unusual twists and turns of plot, plenty of authentic details about contemporary Canadian life, and, of course, the irrepressible and genteel upper-middle class sleuth, Joanne Kilbourn…. Confirm[s] Bowen’s growing reputation as ’the queen of Canadian crime fiction.’”—Winnipeg Free Press

“Regina author Gail Bowen has crafted such character studies that one wants to linger with them, to watch their lives unfold, to bask in the warmth, strength and wisdom of Joanne’s character…. Although most of Bowen’s awards are in the crime-writing genre, her own gift is as a storyteller, a gift she fortunately shares with readers.”—Vancouver Sun

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