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Throw Me to the Wolves

Patrick McGuinness

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Summary

“Compulsively readable.”-New York Times Book Review 
 
"A significant literary achievement that also happens to be a terrific page-turner."- Jonathan Lee 
 
"Elegantly written, darkly entertaining."- John Banville 
 
"An extraordinary writer of great compassion . . . Stunning."- Denise Mina 
 
In the aftermath of Brexit, the body of a young woman is found by the river Thames, and a neighbor, a retired teacher from Chapleton College, is arrested. An eccentric loner-intellectual, shy, a fastidious dresser with expensive tastes-he is the perfect candidate for a media monstering. 
 
In custody he is interviewed by two detectives: the circumspect Ander, and his workaday foil, Gary. Ander is particularly watchful now, because the man across the table is someone he knows-someone he hasn't seen in nearly thirty years. Determined to salvage the truth as ex-pupils and colleagues line up against the accused, he must face a story from decades back, from his own time as a Chapleton student, at the peak of anti-Irish sentiment. 
 
With the momentum of classic crime fiction, Throw Me to the Wolves follows two mysteries-one unfolding in the media-saturated present, and the other bubbling up from the abusive past of the 1980s English school system. Beautifully written and psychologically acute, it is a novel about memory and childhood, prescient and piercingly funny, as wise as it is tragic.

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