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I'll See You in My Dreams: An Arthur Beauchamp Novel [Paperback]

William Deverell
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Aug. 14 2012 Arthur Beauchamp

A compelling story that spirals back to Vancouver in the early 60s, when conservative young Arthur encounters not only the beginnings of alternative culture (coffee houses, a scratchy-voiced young busker named Dylan) but the deep and fiercely intelligent rage of a young First Nations man named Gabriel Swift, who will haunt Arthur's life. Finally, Arthur might be able to face the truth of this long-past case, and right an old wrong.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deverell at his best, or may be better July 10 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine mystery but so much more Jan. 22 2012
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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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll see you in my dreams April 20 2012
By Peter C. Ballem - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Dream! Dec 15 2011
By Simon Ruddell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A very frustrating book! Not believable at all. I kept reading hoping Deverell would redeem himself. Allow me to spoil the ending for you! The character who was murdered turns out not even to be dead! The person accused of his murder, Gabriel Swift, deserved the death sentence for being such a monumental bore!
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