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The Endless Knot: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery [Paperback]

Gail Bowen
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Aug. 9 2011 Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries
The tenth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanne Kilbourn series features the murderous fallout of a tell-all book on the troubled adult children of Canadian celebrities.

When journalist Kathryn Morrissey’s sensational book on the lives of thirteen adult children of prominent Canadians is published, one of the parents, Sam Parker, is furious enough to take a pot shot at the author, grazing her shoulder. Charges are laid, and Joanne’s new beau, Zack Shreve, is hired by Parker as his defence counsel. At the trial, which Joanne is covering for NationTV, Shreve focuses the jury’s attention not on who shot whom, but on why — on the ethics governing the relationship between a journalist and her subject.

Morrissey’s betrayal of her subjects opens up questions about an even more serious betrayal — the betrayal of children by their parents. While everyone condemns Parker for taking a gun to Morrissey, no one can fault his defence of his only child, Glen, a transsexual. The mutual love and commitment between this father and child stands in stark contrast to the alienation between Howard Dowhaniuk, Saskatchewan’s former premier, and his son, Charlie.

On the day of the verdict, Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne’s investigation quickly has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child.

A deeply affecting novel of trust and betrayal, The Endless Knot is a superb mystery by a virtuoso of the genre.

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"Hugely readable." 
National Post

"A late-night page turner.... A rich and satisfying read." 
— Edmonton Journal

"It's a fascinating plot, and in Bowen's skilled hands, it becomes a page-turner.... Gripping. . . . when Bowen is on - as she definitely is in this latest novel - she takes a back seat to no one. She's on a new high, and she's a provincial treasure." 
—The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)

— Toronto Star

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About the Author

Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn mysteries have made her one of Canada’s most popular crime writers. The first book in the series, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith — Books in Canada award for best first novel. Bowen has also written five plays that have been produced across Canada, and several of her mysteries have been made into TV movies starring Wendy Crewson as Joanne. Head of the English Department at the First Nations University of Canada, the Toronto-born Gail Bowen lives in Regina.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Story about trust and betrayal Jan. 29 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Sam Parker is furious and confronts Kathryn Morrissey about her recent novel which reveals secrets concerning the children of prominent Canadians. Frustrated with her reaction, he shots her, grazing her shoulder and charges are laid. Zack Shreve (Joanne's new love) is hired as his defence counsel. During the trial, everyone condemns Parker for his action but no one blames him for coming to the defense of his only child, Glen, a transsexual. On the day of the verdict, Morrissey is brutally murdered and the fallout quickly becomes a far more personal and urgent matter than Joanne has ever expected.

I enjoy Canadian writers and mysteries set in Canada this one is in Saskatchewan. The characters are well developed and likable. The plot is complex and entirely believable. The story is of a man accused of murdering a journalist who has exploited and betrayed him. It makes us think seriously about the ethics of broadcasting and the individual right to privacy. This novel is about trust and betrayal, deeply affecting.

Several of Gail Bowen's mysteries have been made into TV movies starring Wendy Crewson as Joanne. They are also very entertaining.
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As an author, editor and voracious reader, I love to find Canadian writers who are new to me. The other day I stumbled upon Gail Bowen and began reading her ever so literary mystery, The Endless Knot. I couldn't put it down. The characters were well developed and imminently likable, the plot was complex but not overly so, in that the ending was entirely believable, and I thoroughly enjoyed the background.

Also appreciated Bowen's pop culture references to music and I share her politics and world view.

Altogether, this is a wonderful novel about a man who is accused of murdering a journalist who exploits his child's life and that of other adult children in an exposé book. It makes us think seriously about the ethics of broadcasting, which are so critical in this era (as I write this three days after the Virginia Tech massacre, the role of the media is being debated everywhere. How can they balance the public's right to know with the individual's right to privacy? When does reporting stop being informative and begin to sensationalize or worse, play an active role in contributing to a crisis?)

The story is told by Joanne, a widow who has just found love again with a cutthroat lawyer who seems ruthless in the courtroom but has integrity and a soft side. I haven't read the earlier Joanne Kilbourn stories but I just picked up two other pocketbooks on her in the store this afternoon.

I know what I'm doing this weekend!

Sigrid Macdonald in Ottawa
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth your time! March 3 2007
I should first say that normally I find Canadian authors' 'hype' overblown and am usually disappointed in their efforts. Bowen is definitely an exception worth exploring! Not only were her characters intelligent and likeable but she also threw in a very interesting and plausible plot. I didn't want the novel to end and for me that is the highest praise I can give a book. I'll be looking for more from Gail Bowen in the very near future.
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