- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: NeWest Press (Sept. 15 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897126891
- ISBN-13: 978-1897126899
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Malabarista Paperback – Sep 15 2011
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About the Author
Garry Ryan taught for a little over thirty years in Calgary Public Schools. In 2004, he published his first Detective Lane novel, Queen's Park. The second, The Lucky Elephant Restaurant, won a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. He has since published three more titles in the series: A Hummingbird Dance, Smoked, and Malabarista. In 2009, Ryan was awarded Calgary's Freedom of Expression Award. Blackbirds is the first novel in a series.
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Malabarista is an intricately plotted novel that focuses as much on Lane's personal life as it does on criminal investigation, which I really liked. It helps explain Lane's relationship with some of his colleagues and provides insights to the way he does his job. The back story is essential to this plot and author Garry Ryan does a masterful job of incorporating just enough to fill the reader in without dragging the story out.
The book is a fast-paced read. Chapters are short and often switch from Lane's personal life to the investigation. It makes Ryan's style different from the usual predictability of police procedurals. A number of big issues are covered in this book, yet none are bogged down with too many details. His unique style and carefully drawn characters should gain the author many more readers.
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