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The thirteenth in Gail Bowen's beloved and award-winning Joanne Kilbourn mystery series promises to be the best of them all: some very bad things happen very, very close to home, and Joanne may never be quite the same again.
"Security for any one of us lies in greater abundance for all of us." For many years, this was the core of Joanne's political beliefs, but for a number of reasons, she has drifted away from it. But on the day Joanne retires from her university teaching post, she has a dream about her first husband (murdered many years ago), and this line comes back vividly in it.
Soon, she is forced to experience the truth of what, for most of her life, had just been a good closing line for a political speech. The night after Jo and Zack have dinner with Zack's colleague Margot and one of his law firm's biggest clients, the developer Leland Hunter, Jo and Zack's house is blown up. They're at the lake with daughter Taylor and their dogs, but the house is destroyed. And that is only the first of several terrible incidents. It isn't long before Joanne is witness to events far more distressing than even a destroyed home. She begins to understand what it's like to live in a world where she can count on nothing.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012.
ISBN: 9780771016899
Characteristics: 318 p. ;,24 cm.


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Sep 01, 2019

A great read, lots of sub-plots. I really enjoyed it.

Aug 17, 2018

I barely finished the book. It was boring and had characters that were not believable, and not genuine. For example, a pregnant widow very much in love with the deceased, was very efficiently able to run his business right after he was murdered. It's not how it works in life. Don't recommend it!

Bowen has hit her stride in later books and this is a good example of fast paced Canadian murder mystery. The protagonist is more confident [as is the author in describing her talents and angst] Nice mix of old history from previous novels and well developed plot with satisfying ending

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jun 25, 2012

Another addition to the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. And its a good one. Packed with action and all the characters you want to know about. Life is never easy for Joanne but she carries on regardless. Good Canadian mystery.

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