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ECW Press Fall 2021 Trade

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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Oct 12, 2021 On Sale Date: Nov 02, 2021 Carton Quantity: 40 $19.95 CAD
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The Truth You’re Told
A Crime Novel
By (author): Michael J. Clark
Michael J. Clark


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Nov 02, 2021
$19.95 CAD


7.75in x 5 x 0.82 in | 0.77 lb

Page Count:

360 pages
ECW Press
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives|Crime and mystery: women sleuths|Thriller / suspense fiction
  • Short Description
Samantha Hutchings has sequestered herself at the family cabin at Bird Lake to write the Great Canadian Novel, but what she discovers is that her father had secrets, lots of them, bubbling to the surface almost thirty years after his death. Bird Lake has deadly secrets too. If Sam isn't careful, she might become one of them.

People die. Secrets don’t.

Sam Hutchings was looking for a writing muse. She hoped that the family cabin at Bird Lake would spark her keyboard, a fire that had been smothered by self-loathing, cheap wine, and her daughter Meg’s summer vacation. An innocent stroll down memory lane begins to unravel the story Sam had heard about her father: What did he do for a living? How did he actually die? Those who know the truth are nearer than she imagines, and protecting their secrets is worth killing for. As the old family stories begin to disintegrate, can Sam and Meg figure out the actual story? And can they uncover the dangerous plot by ex-U.S. military men — before it’s too late?

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Clark won the 2019 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book for Clean Sweep, and Publishers Weekly praised the novel, saying: “This debut shows promise.”

  • “Clark handily maintains positive forward momentum throughout” —Mystery Scene Magazine on Mahoney’s Camaro

  • The author was inspired to write this book by his own experience with a loved one’s unreliable memory — how can you dig up family secrets if the truth they tell you can’t be trusted?


  • Readers of “women sleuths”

  • Fans of psychological thrillers

  • Winnipeg reading and bookselling community

Michael J. Clark began his writing career as an automobile journalist, winning national awards in Canada for his writing and photography. His first novel Clean Sweep won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Author. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his wife, Carol.

“Credible characters and a suspenseful, complex plot bode well for Clark’s next.” — Publishers Weekly

“A terrific whodunit that’s wonderfully Winnipeg- and-Whiteshell-centric — slap on some bug spray, grab a cold brew in a deck chair overlooking the lake and enjoy.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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