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Fanatics [Paperback]

William Bell
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May 3 2011
A sequel to the very popular Stones, Fanatics is a thrilling story in which the past and present collide in terrifying, riveting ways.

Garnet Havelock has just finished his apprenticeship in furniture-making, and has found a workshop for his new business in an old coach house on the isolated estate of recently deceased Professor Eduardo Corbizzi. Garnet signs a contract with the late professor's long-time companion, the eccentric and inscrutable Mrs. Valentina Stoppini, who presides over the mansion and is its only occupant. The terms of the deal are excellent, but there's a catch: Garnet has to repair the library's fire damage and keep all details about the estate confidential. Only after he agrees does Mrs. Stoppini inform him that the professor died of a seizure in the library under mysterious circumstances involving "an accident" and "a small fire." It isn't long before a distressing collision of past and present drags Garnet towards a horrifying truth he could never have imagined.

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"Bell writes with taut drama, building scene upon scene to the climactic revelation."
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"Full of pleasures....William Bell is arguably one of the most wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors. His range is impressive. So is the high quality of his writing. Nice to have people you can count on."
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About the Author

WILLIAM BELL's young adult novels have been translated into nine languages and have won a number of awards, among them the Manitoba Readers' Choice Award, the Mr. Christie's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and the Canadian Librarians' Association Award. He lives in Orillia, Ontario, with author Ting-xing Ye.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine YA Supernatural Thriller Sept. 16 2011
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Fanatics" is a YA novel by Canadian author William Bell, set in the small Ontario town of Orillia. Young Garnet, having completed school and an apprenticeship to become a cabinet-maker, is searching for a rental space where he can set up his own wood-working shop, with the enthusiastic support of his parents and his girlfriend, Raphaella. When a friend directs him to the nearby mansion of a recently deceased relative, he is pleased to sign a 3-year rental agreement with the mansion's inhabitant Mrs. Stoppini, the former housekeeper and companion of the deceased. In this odd arrangement, he pays only one dollar for the rental of the former carriage house, ideal for his purposes, with the only requirements being that he restore the somewhat burned fireplace mantle and bookcases that were damaged in the library at the time of the unfortunate demise of the former owner, and that he inventory and catalogue the 4,000 or so books in the library in his spare time. But Garnet soon realizes that the library contains more than just books, and that the deceased's last work, a study of fanatical religious zealots including the 15th Century monk Savonarola, has raised the ire of paranormal forces, and he and Raphaella must find a way to combat them before they too suddenly find themselves deceased.... There's more to this book, including a modern-day terrorist plot being hatched in the region and the mounting of a musical play, "Merrie Olde Orillia," for which Raphaella serves as the stage manager, but all of the plot elements are neatly related to each other, and Bell's depiction of small-town Ontario rings true, although some of the supernatural elements are a bit over the top. Read more ›
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