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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; Reprint edition (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771027184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771027185
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic . . . . Deverell, one of the finest of Canada's writers, builds his best book ever. . . . There is a great courtroom drama here, something that Deverell excels at, and an even better denouement with a twist nobody will guess. . . . . Superb." -- Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

"As with many of the great protagonists readers are drawn to in the mystery genre, it is Beauchamp's flaws, and he has many, that make him so interesting." -- Victoria TimesColonist

"Deverell's undertone of fury thrums most audibly [concerning] the multi-generational tragedies of Canada's residential schools [but] there's still laughter, though, in Arthur's personal mishaps -- his blunderings in his encounters with women, his rueful observations of himself as an often hapless old man, [plus] delicious nuggets of political gossip." -- Joan Barfoot, Toronto Sun

About the Author

WILLIAM DEVERELL has published some fifteen novels. I'll See You In My Dreams is the fifth in his bestselling Arthur Beauchamp series: the first, Trial of Passion, won the prestigious Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing and Canada's Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award; the second, April Fool, also won the Arthur Ellis Award; the third, Kill All the Judges, was a finalist for the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal; and the fourth, Snow Job, was a Globe and Mail Best Book. One of the creators of the TV series Street Legal, Deverell winters in Costa Rica and spends his summers on Pender Island, British Columbia.

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William Deverell is a wonderful writer and great story teller.
This is a marvelous book and my only concern is the aging Arthur Beauchamp who may not survive too many more.
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By L. Upton on Dec 2 2012
Format: Paperback
Spoiler Alert! The only appealing portion of this book was oddly enough the last section called 'The Appeal' which was ruined by the fact that I needed to suspend all my common sense to believe the premise of the story. Is the reader seriously expected to believe that Mulligan is not instantly recognized by anyone he encounters when he is dressed up as Irene? Police? Lawyers? Anyone? He would have needed a Hollywood makeup team to pull that off.

What a dreadful waste of time.

Now onto the latest Rebus which I know I'll enjoy.
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Format: Hardcover
Beauchamps' is a sharp, well-developed intellect that, thankfully, has very human appetites, weaknesses and vulnerabilities. His best quality is his self-deprecating self-awareness. I doubt anyone can read this book and not wish to be more like Beauchamps!

As for the plot - it moves to a highly unexpected conclusion with all loose ends carefully tied up - very satisfying!

But more than a mystery, the book exposes the tragedy of First Nations in Canada and how power, once again, so easily corrupts. The insider view of our legal system, with all it's strengths and weaknesses, is fascinating. But this is all kept in fine balance by the hilarious description of Beauchamp's complicated life on and off the small fictional gulf island.
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William Deverell is determined to avoid being pigeon-holed as a 'mystery writer.' His writing is much more eloquent, his characters more fully developed. And yet his plots are as convoluted as the best in the mystery genre. This fifth novel in the Arthur Beauchamp series follows the uproariously comical "Snow Job" with a far darker novel. "I'll See You in My Dreams" delves into a case from Beauchamp's early career, a murder that has haunted him for almost five decades. I found the parts of the book set in and around Vancouver BC in the early 1960s to be wonderfully evocative of that time and place. Beauchamp is a complex, captivating and sometimes disturbing protagonist, and this book helps readers to understand why. Deverell's fans will be pleased with this latest, while newcomers are advised to read Trial of Passion, April Fool, Kill All the Judges, and Snow Job first, in order to fully appreciate this chapter in the Beauchamp saga.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great book Jan. 6 2012
By Vicki Delany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's funny and serious in Deverall's wonderful way. He is able to write from the POV of a shy, awkward young lawyer just beginning his career as well as a crusty old curmudgeon at the end of that career. The previous review was mean-sprited and vendictive and I wonder what the reviewer has against Deverell personally. It's okay not to like a book. It's not okay to spoil it for anyone else.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'll see you in my dreams April 20 2012
By Peter C. Ballem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The portrayal of the Vancouver legal world brought memories of the old courthouse and those who toiled in the vineyards of the judicial system to life. Mr. Deverell has crafted a fascinating blend of intrigue, humor, perplexing current social issues which raise his central character to his finest performance. Ever. A great read which is thought provoking without preaching. I congratulate the author enough to put my name to this review and recommend the novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is Deverell's best yet! Dec 4 2014
By A faithful reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is Deverell's best book yet. Steve Sherf did a great job in the audio version. The story had twists and turns and spans over five decades until the mystery is solved. Beacham is a lovable, young attorney who makes bad choices in regards to his social life (women and alcohol aren't his friends). I used this book as my incentive to take my daily walk and it served its purpose, as I looked forward to losing myself in the drama as I trudged through sub zero temperatures in a cold Wisconsin December. My only regret for this book was that Sherf's sister was absent and I missed her voice! I am looking forward to Deverell's next book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read first book first or you won't care Nov. 30 2014
By PerryMartinBookReviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This audiobook is narrated by Steve Scherf. He does a good job. This book is slow and has no real tension. Scherf can do little more than read this book. I didn't care about any of the characters, I didn't care about the Canadian legal system. The story about a young lawyers lifetime of guilt over pleading a not guilty native Indian guilty for murder has no emotion. 

My research into this author shows this to be the 5th of 6 books in the Authur Beauchamp series. I reviewed a book Mecca also written by this Canadian Author. I had some of the same complaints about that book but it was far better than this book.

I may be kinder if I had known the characters but I am not sure it would help. It took me a long time to listen to this very long audiobook. The only incentive I had to finish the book is the fact that I received this from a publisher who asked for my honest review. I would like give the narrator Steve Scherf another chance with better material. 

This book was received for an honest review.
How to properly enjoy this novel. Dec 18 2014
By Sim Brigden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Before you open this book, get comfortable.
Go into the den, stoke the fire and enjoy some Sunday morning opera.
I'll See You in My Dreams is like a comfortable cardigan: it envelops you in a truly classic style making you want to read on and on.
In this day of instant gratification, everyone seems to want quick, action-packed plots.
Not so here. William Deverell takes you on a journey that, on one hand, touches so many bases but, on the other hand lets you truly feel the settings and the characters. I had a true sense of travelling British Columbia as the story evolves.
What keeps the reader interested is the evolution of the Characters: we sense major life problems ahead for Arthur Beauchamp (Beecham!)... and yet, the author does not throw it in your face.
You explore a man's life, his failings and his successes through the window of a case the implications of which span decades.
That being said, we are brought to places that we may not know anything about: the world of First Nations, Human Rights abuses and Residential Schools.
The book is also complex: it travels back and forth between the near present and the events that unfolded. As readers, we are challenged. We must figure things out by inference and, in my opinion, this is what makes the story so readable.
The dénouement is wonderfully crafted but it is the journey that holds the readers' attention.
William Deverell has written a book that I would recommend to anyone.