If you are not familiar with Canadian politics and the two major languages it may be difficult to fully grasp the satirical content of this wildly imaginative and truly Canadian story. Old footage had been shown of Abzal Erzhan being arrested, being freed, an extensive backgrounder. It's like because I know the city so well, the book should simply radiate awesomeness. There are both crimes and mysteries in Deverell's new thriller, Snow Job , primarily the question of who set the bomb on Ottawa's Bronson Avenue that wiped out a high-ranking delegation from the Central Asian country of Bhashyistan. This one sees Arthur in the cold of Ottawa rather than his beloved Garibaldi Island off the coast of British Columbia, as well as travelling to Eastern Europe, so there are a few new tweaks. Beauchamp is in Ottawa because his beloved wife, Margaret Blake, is the leader of the Green Party, and its only elected member of Parliament. No one has seen him since.
Instead, he ends up becoming the lawyer for the family of Abzal Ehrzan, a man accused of killing six Bashystani cabinet ministers visiting Ottawa regarding a deal on the Bashistan oil fields. A delegation of Bashystani cabinet ministers are being wined and dined in Ottawa in an attempt to grease the wheels for a Calgary based oil company who has designs on the Bashistan oil fields. The schemes and plans range from smearing Arthur's reputation and his wife's along with it to sending troops into Bhashyistan, all of which go awry in various hilarious fashions. Margaret is in her heyday, finding much that she can critique about these men and plays aghast that the Government would so blatantly allow themselves to be seen to curry favour with the environmentally unsound Bhashyistani representatives. An environmental activist, he is also a member of , , and the. Their terms should be accepted. This book was a mystery to me, Unlike Deverell's earlier book, April Fool, this story rambled In Ottawa, where Arthur's newly elected Green Party wife is now a member of Parliament, a delegation of Bashystani cabinet ministers are killed in a terrorist attack.
The other female characters were of the poorly drawn and nubile variety, and just seemed to be there to provide more alleged sexy scandal humour. I know Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal well enough to recognize them all not just by name but by feel, in Deverell's descriptions. Buster Buchanan went on air personally to tell Bagotville it was a done deal. More were on the sidewalk, keeping the curious at bay. An intelligence agent, who may or may not be who and what he says inserts himself as Arthur's ally in solving the mystery.
While this features Arthur Beauchamp, Deverell's favourite protagonist, this novel can stand on its own. Deverell lives on Pender Island, British Columbia. Praise for Deverell, here in Canada anyway, tends to be breathless. His goat farm on B. Deverell plants tongue firmly in cheek with this latest story, that adds a wonderful political flavour to things and keeps the reader hooked until the very end.
In one particular scene, Deverell places you in a richly-appointed suite in the Chateau Laurier on the banks of the Ottawa River. Add to those the fact the book is supposed to be a satirical look at Canadian politics. A travel agent was working at it. Beyond being deeply Canadian, this book is very hard to categorize, being part humour, part satire, and part spy novel. Pierette squatted on the carpet, lotus position, got her Blackberry and laptop going.
Add to those the fact the book is supposed to be a satirical look at Canadian politics. William Deverell was born in 1937 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Positions, bearings, Aircom jargon, gobbledygook to most of the cabinet, including Clara Gracey. I think part of my problem with this particular book was the names of people and places -- they didn't sound real. In 1994, he served as chair of the , and again in 1999, and has been named a Life Member of that Union.
Very readable and f This book is so Canadian!! In one particular scene, Deverell places you in a richly-appointed suite in the Chateau Laurier on the banks of the Ottawa River. An unbelieving pinch-me look as he walked free from the Vancouver Law Courts. Perhaps I just have higher expectations because of my familiarity with the city, like the detective thinking over the case while skating on the Rideau Canal, or raiding a grow-op in Barrhaven, is supposed to make the story that much better. The alleged assassin at that time was found not guilty and this would be his ultimate second kick at the proverbial cat. Deverell's only dud, but a dud it is.
Perhaps I just have higher expectations because of my familiarity with the city, like the detective thinking over the case while skating on the Rideau Canal, or raiding a grow-op in Barrhaven, is supposed to make the story that much better. Along with twice winning Canada's top crime writing prize for his Beauchamp series, Deverell has won the very prestigious Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing, and prizes for humorous writing. This book was a mystery to me, Unlike Deverell's earlier book, April Fool, this story rambled on almost incoherently at times and never really settled into any rhythm. Not send back ever to Bhashyistan. Arthur wants nothing more than to retire on his farm on Garibaldi Island in Vancouver. A Quebecer, bilingual, political science degree.
All the more hurtful for being true. Before writing my thoughts I needed to refresh why it ever made it on my list, digging deeper I discovered that Mr. The suspect, Abzal Ehrzan, has disappeared. With a Bhashyistani propaganda machine being run through YouTube, the world watches, only to learn that three Canadian women may have inadvertently drifted into the country while on vacation. Although I could have done without the heavy-handed humour of the Chateau Laurier affair.