On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780771027154_cover Enlarge Cover View Excerpt
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $10.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Fiction
published: Sep 2006
ISBN:9780771027154

April Fool

by William Deverell

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $10.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Fiction
published: Sep 2006
ISBN:9780771027154
Description

An irresistible story of justice heading off the rails.

Arthur Beauchamp, the scholarly, self-doubting legend of the B.C. criminal bar (and one of Deverell’s most amiable — and crafty — protagonists), is enjoying his retirement as a hobbyist farmer on B.C.’s Garibaldi Island when he is dragged back to court to defend an old client. Nick “the Owl” Faloon, once one of the world’s top jewel thieves, has been accused of raping and murdering a psychologist. Beauchamp has scarcely registered how unlikely it is that the diminutive Faloon has hurt anyone when his own personal life takes an abrupt turn. His new wife, Margaret Blake, organic farmer and environmental activist, has taken up residence fifty feet above ground in a tree she is determined to save for the eagles and from the loggers. Beauchamp shuttles between Vancouver and the island, doing what he can to save the tree and get his wife back — and defend Faloon.

Part courtroom thriller, part classic whodunit, April Fool sees Deverell writing at the top of his form as he puts these characters through some entertaining and very surprising twists and turns.

From the Hardcover edition.

Contributor Notes

Deverell's acclaimed first novel, Needles, which drew on his experiences as a lawyer, won the $50,000 Seal Award. Since then he has published one work of non-fiction, A Life on Trial, and twelve further novels, including his latest, April Fool, which won the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. April Fool has just been released in paperback.

From the Hardcover edition.

Awards
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
Editorial Review

Winner of the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
April Fool thrusts itself brashly into the reader’s psyche like a lumber-jacketed logger at a black-tie affair. Ruggedly individualistic, demanding and determined, its characters are shrewdly etched and realistically rendered.”
Globe and Mail
“Deverell brings back one of his classic characters, wily B.C. Queen’s Counsel Arthur Beauchamp, in this droll, witty novel about crime in the Gulf Islands.”
Toronto Sun
“The dialogue crackles, the style is sharp and compelling, and it’s a treat to spend another book with Beauchamp.”
Vancouver Sun
“Deverell burrows into Beauchamp’s soul, and we see almost everything unfold through his addled but fascinating perspective.”
Vancouver Province
“Deverell writes breathless prose, commas flying here and there with exuberant abandon, as he dissects the nuttiness of his various locations. . . . April Fool spills over with idiosyncratic characters.”
Edmonton Journal
“Hugely entertaining.”
Calgary Herald
“Deverell is one of Canada’s best and funniest mystery writers.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Readers gladly follow all of Deverell’s distinctly drawn characters through tiny outposts on Canada’s West Coast to the courtrooms of Victoria and Vancouver and the fine hotels of Europe. He is a master storyteller with a wonderful sense of humour. The story flows effortlessly, and readers are twigs on the river, along for one hell of a ride.”
Quill & Quire
“[Deverell] is a hugely amusing and self-assured writer, and when you have his gifts it is hard to go wrong.”
National Post

From the Hardcover edition.

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Reading Lists Featuring “April Fool”

Other Titles by William Deverell

Whipped

Whipped

An Arthur Beauchamp Novel
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
More Info
Snow Job

Snow Job

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged :
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...