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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents dealt in stolen goods, and he was a successful purveyor of forged documents until he abandoned it all in his early 20s, determined to live a normal life complete with a career, an apartment, and a fiancée who knows nothing of his criminal beginnings. He's on the verge of finally getting married when Aria - his cousin and former partner in crime - blackmails him into helping her with one last job.

Anton considers the task a small price for future freedom. But as he sets off for an Italian honeymoon, it soon becomes clear that the ghosts of his past can't be left behind so easily and that the task Aria requires will cost him more than he could ever imagine.

©2010 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Brilliant." ( The Boston Globe)
"A gripping story, full of moral ambiguities, where deception and betrayal become the norm, and where the expression 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma' is lifted to new heights." ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Something far rarer than the classic noir opening suggestions.... Eminently satisfying." ( The Washington Post)

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This author is talented and has a refreshing style. I thought the narrator did a good job, but wasn't great at accents...I imagine Edoardo Ballerini doing a bit better....but oh well...it was still very enjoyable and thought provoking. I didn't want it to end, and that is probably the best way to judge these books.

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As if Leonard Cohen had continued to write novels

Wow. Simply wow. I was not surprised, upon doing some research, to find that ESJM is both a Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits fan; and far beyond a fan when it comes to LC, as I believe every one of her books has at least one secret little easter-egg nod to him. If you think of Leonard's Beautiful Losers, but put through the lens of time and experience, you might end up with something like the books of Emily St. John Mandel. Her writing style is hauntingly, achingly, exquisitely beautiful; and she uses it to tell stories that resonate along those lines and yet contain a certain brutal honesty about the human condition. It's if if she walks up to the dark nature of humanity, looks into it, and finds it not only ugly, but also beautiful, and then laughs. Of all her works, I think The Singers Gun may be the best. At the very least, it is my favorite thus far. I can't wait for her to write some more.

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I love this author

The story is interesting on many levels. The story is great. The motivations for actions are so nuanced that the characters cannot be forgotten

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Another Winner

Ms St, John Mandel is a master storyteller. Sometimes you have no idea where you’re going but it is a great journey. I have read four of her book and love them all

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She did it again.

Thank you, Emily. Just, thank you. This story was so elegantly presented that I got wrapped up in it immediately. I tend to prefer stories that are character driven, and this one really hit the spot.

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3.5 ⭐

It took quite a while for this book to get interesting for me. Just when it finally picked up, it ended! I also had a bit of a hard time following the past/present back and forth. Overall, it was worth the read.

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  • 02-02-17

Fantastic story of crime and love

Morgan has a knack for capturing characters perfectly. The difference in speech is subtle and not over done, allowing you to see the character in your mind's eye. Allowing you to understand the character.
The pace was spot on and the time taken to describe a scene gives this book those extra stars.
Emily caught my attention in her other book Station 11 and going back to this book was no disappointment. Her ability to jump between points in time so effortlessly just makes her writing even better.
Pick this up, you'll definitely enjoy it.

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  • Dean
  • 06-30-20

Remarkably dull romance masquerading as a caper.

The narrator did as well as possible with the unexceptional material. Otherwise this is strictly for romance fans. Not my cup of tea and not what I was expecting based on previous books.

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  • Blind Girl
  • 03-19-18

Emily, I am so glad I found you!

I was more than enthousiastic about 'The Lola Quartet' and now I ran out of words. Mrs. Mandel is a genius and I can not say she is wasting her talent on crime stories. Crime stories must be written with such sensibility and skill and equilibrium. Simply unforgottable. Even if the criminal family is mostly unprobable and Broadway-like. But it doesn't spoil a bit, believe me. With 'The Singer's Gun' you reach emotional depths you never expected from a suspense. I think it made me richer and sophisticated in a way (even if my ortography remains the same) My only fear: there is one more audio to listen by the author, 'Last Night in Montreal'. What next?

Narrator was quite OK. I suppose it would work even with a generated voice, but Miss Morgan and Mrs. Mandel made a rather lucky encounter. Bravo.

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  • 10-15-21

A fascinating look at moral ambiguity

I thoroughly enjoyed this. great narration and a wonderfully original story. Not for readers who like a formula