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The Singer's Gun

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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.

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"Mandel (Last Night in Montreal) attempts a globe-spanning crime novel, but the clunky, lukewarm result will please neither thriller aficionados nor more literary-minded readers. Anton Waker, a Manhattan water systems consultant, finds that his world is slowly imploding as his shadowy past as a document forger comes back to haunt him. Compounding his troubles is his alluring and Machiavellian cousin, Aria Waker, who is conspiring to reel him back in for one last big score. All the while, hard-nosed State Department G-woman Alexandra Broden is closing in on the forgery ring. Along the way — the narrative travels from New York to Canada to Italy — Anton must also come to grips with his crumbling marriage and an office romance. While Mandel's prose is brisk, the narrative reads like a slightly dressed-up B-movie screenplay — flat, stocked with one-dimensional characters, and relying on awkward flashbacks to explain away character motivations. But the biggest problem is the narrative's blandness: the sex isn't sexy and the violence isn't especially violent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Taut with suspense, beautifully imagined, full of unexpected corners, desperate choices, betrayals and half-truths with deadly consequences, "The Singer's Gun" explores the dangerous territory between one's moral compass and the heart's desire.

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keif, March 25, 2010 (view all comments by keif)
To some degree or another, we all live in a caste society. The Singer's Gun offers us an antidote: If you cleave with all your might to your own deepest nature, the rewards will be -- goddamned Mediterranean in nature. This is not your soulless Horatio Alger dogged overcoming-of-obstacles; it is the transformative oomph of the personal lodestone. When coupled with shady imports, felonious forgery a skewering look at illegal immigration -- and of course Emily St. John Mandel's sly prose -- The Singer's Gun becomes a passport out of -- well, whatever the reader happens to be mired in at the moment of that reading. And a passport -- as we learn in all of Mandel's work -- is a *very* valuable thing.
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Swinburne, March 24, 2010 (view all comments by Swinburne)
The Singer's Gun is one of those rare hybrids: a page-turner that happens to be written in glorious prose. Whether you read Dashiell Hammett or Lawrence Durrell (I read both), you're going to be very happy you discovered this. Even though the book is structured as a thriller - somewhere between classic noir and the exotic travel/murder tale - Mandel is first and foremost a poetic stylist. I managed to get an advance copy through a friend; she's in the publishing industry, and we were both knocked flat by Mandel's first novel, Last Night in Montreal. And she agrees with me: if anything, Mandel's getting even better. HIGHLY recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781936071647
Author:
St John Mandel, Emily
Publisher:
Unbridled Books
Author:
Mandel, Emily
Author:
Mandel, Emily St John
Author:
St. John Mandel, Emily
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090406
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 304 pages Unbridled Books - English 9781936071647 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mandel (Last Night in Montreal) attempts a globe-spanning crime novel, but the clunky, lukewarm result will please neither thriller aficionados nor more literary-minded readers. Anton Waker, a Manhattan water systems consultant, finds that his world is slowly imploding as his shadowy past as a document forger comes back to haunt him. Compounding his troubles is his alluring and Machiavellian cousin, Aria Waker, who is conspiring to reel him back in for one last big score. All the while, hard-nosed State Department G-woman Alexandra Broden is closing in on the forgery ring. Along the way — the narrative travels from New York to Canada to Italy — Anton must also come to grips with his crumbling marriage and an office romance. While Mandel's prose is brisk, the narrative reads like a slightly dressed-up B-movie screenplay — flat, stocked with one-dimensional characters, and relying on awkward flashbacks to explain away character motivations. But the biggest problem is the narrative's blandness: the sex isn't sexy and the violence isn't especially violent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Taut with suspense, beautifully imagined, full of unexpected corners, desperate choices, betrayals and half-truths with deadly consequences, "The Singer's Gun" explores the dangerous territory between one's moral compass and the heart's desire.
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