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The Singer's Gun

by Emily St. John Mandel

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list price: $19.95
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category: Fiction
published: Apr 2011
ISBN:9781609530426
publisher: Unbridled Books
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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world and by his late twenties has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins blackmailing him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions. As Anton’s carefully constructed life begins to disintegrate around him, he’s forced to choose between loyalty to his family and his desires for a different kind of life. When everyone is willing to use someone else to escape the past, it is up to Anton, on the island of Ischia, to face the ghosts that travel close behind him.

About the Author

Emily St. John Mandel

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Morning News Tournament of Books; and has been translated into thirty-one languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Editorial Reviews

“A tender and astounding tour de force.”

— Mystery Scene

"This is a gripping story, full of moral ambiguities, where deception and betrayal become the norm, and where the expression, 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,' is lifted to new heights."

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Her novels are contemporary noir tales full of jagged, splintered edges….Mandel’s talent is clearly visible from the get-go.”

— The Los Angeles Times

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