Combining romance with the darker side of human nature, this novel opens with the hanging of an ex-World War I soldier for involuntary murder. The element of violence blends with a love story involving the late soldier’s sister, who seeks to possess the life of her brother’s closest friend, John Hughes. Hughes then finds himself drawn into the circle affected by the hanging, contemplating murdering the sister himself. Capturing the terror of a war abroad as it penetrates the tranquility of a small town, this tale illustrates how a man’s death can haunt those who endure his execution.
Morley Callaghan was the author of The Loved and the Lost, More Joy in Heaven, Now That April’s Here and Other Stories, Such is My Beloved, That Summer in Paris, and They Shall Inherit the Earth. He was a recipient of the Governor-General’s Award, the Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Order of Canada. Norman Snider is the screenwriter of Casino Jack, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Kevin Spacey. His other films include Body Parts, Call Me: The Story of Heidi Fleiss, and David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. He is the author of The Roaring Eighties and Other Good Times and the coauthor of Smokescreen. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.