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One Hit Wonders

by (author) Patrick Warner

Breakwater Books Ltd.
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
Black Humor, Crime
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LIla is dead. And the likely suspects are all men: her flash-in-the-pan literary husband, a washed up golf pro turned criminal with a cocaine habit, and two small-time thugs looking for the perfect score. As a crime novel for a new age, this is sex, drugs, and a story that unfolds as a map of bad intentions. In One Hit Wonders, Patrick Warner weaves an energetic tale that is part caper and partmurdermystery—relentlessly satiric, brutally funny, and obsessively readable

About the author

In 2007, Patrick Warner won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize Award for his collection, There, there. His first collection of poetry, All Manner of Misunderstanding, was nominated for the 2002 Atlantic Poetry Prize and for the 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards. His work has been published in TickleAce, The Fiddlehead, Matrix, Signal, the Sunday Telegram (St. John's), Poetry Ireland Review, and Metre (Ireland). He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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  • Winner, IPPY Awards, Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction, Canada-East

Editorial Reviews

“One Hit Wonders,” Patrick Warner’s second novel (and as a poet he’s produced four collections), is a thriller along the noir/hard-boiled school — gritty, wry and violent, and beguiled by a femme fatale."

Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

"One Hit Wonders is a novel about contemporary issues in contemporary St. John's, written for contemporary readers of the city and beyond. It is a story that keeps you guessing, analyzing, investigating, and turning page after page looking for answers and clarifications."

Newfoundland and Labrador Studies Journal

"One Hit Wonders is a sexually charged and drug-fuelled romp through a truer modern St. John’s than those romanticized tourism ads.”

The Overcast

"This is a novel about story-making, about empathy and where it can take us." -See the full review here:

Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

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