The Crimes of Hector Tomás by Ian Colford

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Details like these weren’t an issue in Evidence, which benefitted from a more experimental form — not to mention fewer pages. Gripes aside, there’s much to admire about this novel; Colford remains a gifted writer with an unusual, sometimes inspiring command of language.
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Enrique Tomás lives a quiet life with a large, loving family in an unnamed South American country. But Enrique has secrets. When his second eldest son, Hector, and Hector’s beloved friend Nadia uncover one of Enrique’s secrets, the course of Hector’s life is irrevocably altered. Exiled by his parents to the isolated countryside, Hector is accused of terrorism―a crime for which he is innocent, yet ruthlessly punished. As he tries desperately to extricate himself from the violence perpetrated by a brutal political regime, he realizes that freedom can only come at a terrible price.

The Crimes of Hector Tomás is an epic novel about disappearance and deception, family and nation. Enrique, Hector, and Nadia are trapped in a nightmare world where innocence counts for nothing and justice is a dream. Once they make their choices, they can never go back.

 

About Ian Colford

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Ian Colford is a fiction writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His stories, reviews, and commentary have appeared in Canadian literary publications from coast to coast and in journals published online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and from 1994 to 2000 served on the executive board of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo, the artists' colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. Evidence, his first collection of short fiction, was published in 2008 by Porcupine's Quill, and won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award; Evidence was also shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize, and the ReLit Award.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by Freehand Books. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Oct 26 2012

...there’s much to admire about this novel; Colford remains a gifted writer with an unusual, sometimes inspiring command of language.

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Oct 26 2012

Details like these weren’t an issue in Evidence, which benefitted from a more experimental form — not to mention fewer pages. Gripes aside, there’s much to admire about this novel; Colford remains a gifted writer with an unusual, sometimes inspiring command of language.

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