A highly suspenseful story of greed, betrayal and murder, ‘The Lost Highway’ signals a thrilling new direction for one of Canada s greatest authors. For twenty years, Alex Chapman has been at war with his great-uncle James, popularly known as The Tyrant. Disillusioned and ill-tempered, Alex believes James has destroyed his chances in life when things do not turn out for him. He especially resents his great-uncle for ruining his chance at happiness with his one true love, Minnie, who married another. Alex seems destined never to amount to anything more than an embittered dreamer, until the night he runs into the simple mechanic Burton Tucker. When Burton says he has just sold James Chapman a winning lottery ticket worth thirteen million dollars, Alex immediately knows that his uncle must never see the money. That moment is the beginning of an enthralling mystery and an emotionally shattering tale of a family s passions and betrayals. ‘The Lost Highway’ is a chilling study of what happens to men and women when moral questions become matters of life and death. A page-turner with great spiritual force, ‘The Lost Highway’ is the work of a brilliant novelist at the peak of his powers.
David Adams Richards was born in New Brunswick. He is the acclaimed author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the Governor General’s Award–winning Nights Below Station Street, the Giller Prize winner Mercy Among the Children, and, most recently, The Friends of Meager Fortune.
“Richards’ work is both timely and timeless. The language and lyricism of his newest novel, The Lost Highway, captures the immediacy of vernacular speech from northern New Brunswick, while echoing almost biblical poetics.”
— The Chronicle-Herald
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
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