The Singer's Gun

The Singer's Gun

Book - 2010
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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents deal in stolen goods and his first career is a partnership venture with his cousin Aria selling forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens. Anton longs for a less questionable way of living in the world and by his late twenties has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager. Then a routine security check suggests that things are not quite what they appear. And Aria begins blackmailing him to do one last job for her. But the seemingly simple job proves to have profound and unexpected repercussions. As Anton's carefully constructed life begins to disintegrate around him, he's forced to choose between loyalty to his family and his desires for a different kind of life. When everyone is willing to use someone else to escape the past, it is up to Anton, on the island of Ischia, to face the ghosts that travel close behind him.
Publisher: Denver : Unbridled Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781936071647
1936071649
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,24 cm.

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MsNavillus Dec 28, 2015

I loved Station Eleven, but the description of this book didn't appeal to me as much. I am so glad I read The Singer's Gun! It is thought-provoking and just plain beautiful.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 18, 2015

Like her other books, this one is made up of shady misunderstandings and actions. The characters, who are involved in providing false passports and ID to illegals wanting to work and live in the US, are very well-drawn, making the story that much more enticing and addictive.

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gvlee
Mar 10, 2015

A quietly compelling story with very a likable protagonist. Skillful writing. Run, don't walk, to the library to check out this book. Then read Station Eleven, by the same author.

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ahsimlibrarian
Jan 18, 2011

There is a melancholy quality to Mandel's writing and her characters. They all seem lonely and isolated. I was reminded of some Mjovae 3 lyrics: "But your books don't say much about living your life like a thief. We're hand-cuffed and chained we play games and play them out slowly." That's what it feels to read her lyrical mysteries.

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