In one minute, delivering a not guilty verdict at the end of the trial for a disturbing murder of a child, Matthew Rice’s life begins to unravel. The very structures his life is built upon collapse. He finds refuge, if not security, when he embarks on a journey to learn more about the mother he never knew. His travels take him to Sydney, Boston, and Dublin. Still unsure of his place in a world that has changed in ways he doesn’t completely understand, he goes into survivalist mode on Quarry Island in Georgian Bay, where he believes he can sit out whatever cataclysmic event awaits the world with a case of twelve-year-old scotch. Will he be able to find what he’s looking for on the island or will he be coaxed into returning to the world?
About the author
A Harvard University graduate, Michael Decter was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2017 and the Order of Canada in 2004. He has written three non-fiction books on healthcare, three on investment, a memoir, and Tales from the Back Room, a collection of political stories. Decter has also written about health and healthcare in the Literary Review of Canada, contributed OpEd pieces to the Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail, and for several years he wrote a column for Osprey Media. Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Decter now lives in Toronto, ON. Shadow Life is his first novel.