An Arthur Beauchamp Novel
ECW Press, 9781770413900
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
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Arthur Beauchamp takes on the toughest case of his brilliant career in this satirical novel about sex, slander and dirty politics It all begins when Montreal journalist Lou Sabatino, who is under witness protection after nearly being gunned down by the Mafia, is sucked into the quirky world of a conniving Russian dominatrix who has secretly recorded a video of her putting the whip to the bared bottom of a high-ranking federal cabinet minister. It's the scoop of the century, but too hot a potato if Lou breaks the story, he risks exposing himself to the mercies of the Mafia. Instead, he shows a copy of the video to Green Party leader Margaret Blake. The video leaks, and Margaret is sued by the minister for $50 million. Enter Arthur Beauchamp, Margaret's husband, who has found or so he hoped blissful retirement on their farm on idyllic Garibaldi Island on the West Coast. But now he finds himself representing the woman he loves while tormented by fears she is embroiled in an affair. As he prepares to do battle, he gets tangled up with a mysterious cult whose charismatic New Age guru casts a spell over the good-natured innocents of Garibaldi and gradually draws them into his fold.
About the Author
William Deverell was a journalist for seven years and a trial lawyer for 25, as defender or prosecutor in more than a thousand criminal cases, including 30 murder trials. The author of over 20 novels, Deverell has won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Prize and the Book of the Year Award, the Dashiell Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, as well as two Arthur Ellis Awards for best Canadian crime novel. His work has been translated into 14 languages and sold worldwide. He lives on Pender Island, B.C.