A Novel

Paperback - 2002
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On a summer evening a gardener's spade slices a telephone cable into distant silence. The resulting disconnection is devastating. With the failure of one call to reach the house, an ambitious young actor becomes the victim of sexual blackmail. The blocking of a second call leads to murder.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins, [2002], c2001.
Edition: First mass market edition
ISBN: 9780006485018
Characteristics: xxii, 520 pages ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Spade work


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Feb 21, 2015

As always, Timothy Findley uses his words to paint the story rather than tell it. A fabulous read but I thought the idea of the spadework creating far reaching implications in the characters lives was overstated. The subject matter was intense and the characters were so real. If I had the opportunity, I would cuff Griff across the head with a cast iron frying pan! Truly a character I love to hate! After finishing this book, I would find myself thinking about the characters and wondering how they were doing now. Surely the mark of a great book by a great author.

Jan 03, 2015

Terrific novel. Entertaining and captivating from beginning to end.

Bearrington Oct 03, 2010

Classic Timothy Findley. Couldn't put it down.

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