The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

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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.

About Emily St. John Mandel

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Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and a finalist for Foreword Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer's Gun, recently released in paperback, won the Indie Bookseller's Choice Award and was the number-one Indie Next Pick for May 2010. It was also long-listed for The Morning News' 2011 Tournament of Books and the 2011 Spinetingler Awards. She is currently a staff writer for The Millions, and she's had both essays and short fiction recently anthologized.
Published May 1, 2010 by Unbridled Books. 301 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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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.

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New York Journal of Books

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Anton Waker, the mysterious protagonist of Emily St. John Mandel's second novel, The Singer's Gun, spends the better part of the book waiting.

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“It isn’t black-and-white, what we do, or what anyone else does in this world…Most things you have to do in life are at least a little bit questionable.” Emily St. John Mandel, the author of the taut and well-written novel, The Singer’s Gun, is a regular on one of my favorite book blogs, The ...

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Spinetingler Magazine

As the main timeline moves along the back stories fill in by shooting and arcing away from the main story in grand and sweeping personal and family histories before coming back to the main story.

May 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Singer's Gun

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