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Fiction Literary

Crimes of Hector Tomás, The

by (author) Ian Colford

Publisher
Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
Category
Literary, Crime
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554811090
    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
    List Price
    $21.95

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Description

Enrique Tomás lives a quiet life with a large, loving family in an unnamed South American country. But Enrique has secrets. When his second eldest son, Hector, and Hector's beloved friend Nadia uncover one of Enrique's secrets, the course of Hector's life is irrevocably altered. Exiled by his parents to the isolated countryside, Hector is accused of terrorism?a crime of which he is innocent, yet ruthlessly punished. As he struggles to extricate himself from the clutches of a brutal and paranoid military regime, he learns that freedom comes at a terrible price.

The Crimes of Hector Tomás is an epic novel about disappearance and deception, family and nation. Enrique, Hector, and Nadia are trapped in a nightmare world where innocence counts for nothing and justice is a dream. Once they make their choices, they can never go back.

About the author

Ian Colford is a fiction writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His stories, reviews, and commentary have appeared in Canadian literary publications from coast to coast and in journals published online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and from 1994 to 2000 served on the executive board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. In 1998 he selected and edited a collection of stories by Maritime writers called Water Studies. Written over eight years, The Crimes of Hector Tomás was completed in 2010 with the help of two Canada Council grants and residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. Evidence, his first collection of short fiction, was published in 2008 by Porcupine’s Quill.

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Awards

  • Winner, Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"This ambitious and riveting novel grips the reader from the first page and doesn't let go until its chilling ending. Combining precise detail with sweeping statements of sharp insight, the author has written both a spellbinding story and an unsettling exploration of dark human truths. This is a masterful work of great imagination."--Jury comments for the Alberta Trade Fiction Book Award

Praise for Evidence by Ian Colford

"Any thought brought to bear upon this writing only proves it more intriguing, more rewarding. It's a rich, shadowed, mind-tweaking puzzle of a book: a shrewd gathering of evidence that entrusts judgment and verdict to the reader."--Globe and Mail

"These stories explode in vivid detail, amazing breadth of characterization and geography, and stunning displays of conflict and emotional upheaval.--The Danforth Review

"This ambitious and riveting novel grips the reader from the first page and doesn't let go until its chilling ending. Combining precise detail with sweeping statements of sharp insight, the author has written both a spellbinding story and an unsettling exploration of dark human truths. This is a masterful work of great imagination."?Jury comments for the Alberta Trade Fiction Book Award

Praise for Evidence by Ian Colford

"Any thought brought to bear upon this writing only proves it more intriguing, more rewarding. It's a rich, shadowed, mind-tweaking puzzle of a book: a shrewd gathering of evidence that entrusts judgment and verdict to the reader."?Globe and Mail

"These stories explode in vivid detail, amazing breadth of characterization and geography, and stunning displays of conflict and emotional upheaval.?The Danforth Review

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