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Throw me to the wolves / Patrick McGuinness.

McGuinness, Patrick, author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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3 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library MCG (Text) 33500013063268 New Checked out 06/24/2019
McIntosh Public Library MCG (Text) 33500013063276 New Checked out 07/06/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781620401514
  • ISBN: 1620401517
  • Physical Description: 329 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: From the Man Booker Prize-longlisted novelist, a shocking story of voyeurism, betrayal, and the gray areas between truth and fiction that reflects our era of tabloid media and fake news. In the aftermath of Brexit, the body of a young woman is found by the river Thames, and the tabloids are aflame, accusing Mr. Wolphram, the woman's former teacher and the ultimate media quarry: mysterious, friendless, and eccentric. Charged with investigating this crime is Ander, once a student of Mr. Wolphram's. As he interviews pupils who both defend and defame their oddball teacher, he must face a story from decades back that he has tried hard to forget. Ander recalls his best friend Danny, who disappeared from their elite English boarding school--a place of routine physical and psychological abuse--at the peak of IRA terror. In the midst of the present murder investigation, racked by suppressed memories, he also discovers something vital about Mr. Wolphram's true character. Combining the momentum of classic crime fiction with the emotional depth of literary fiction, Throw Me to the Wolves explores the harrowing power of the modern media spectacle to distract from acts of ordinary violence, and the power of the ever-present newsfeed to drown out the boundary between truth and fiction. Faced with Wolphram's case, Ander must turn to his own memory, which proves the ultimate source of both mystery and revelation.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Oxford don McGuinness mixes mystery with reflection in his second novel (following The Last Hundred Days, 2012, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize). The title hints at the wonderfully unsettling quality of this mystery. The "wolves" can refer to predatory men targeting young women, police skewing an investigation for a quick conviction, the rapacious media with a good story in its jaws, or even the bewildering tricks memory can play. Detective Ander is assigned a case involving a brutally murdered young girl. The suspect is Mr. Wolphram (the first wolf reference), now retired, who was one of Ander's teachers at a posh English boarding school 30 years earlier. The case sickens Ander, as do his memories, both insistent and blurry, of institutionally approved abuse and the disappearance of his best friend from the school. McGuinness' portrayal of the British media hounding the suspect builds brilliantly. The story is told from Ander's point of view, which is both fascinating and annoying, since Ander is so prone to reflection. However, the overall effect packs a decidedly noirish punch. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Patrick McGuinness is a professor of French and comparative literature at Oxford University. His first novel, The Last Hundred Days, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and his memoir, Other People’s Countries won the Duff Cooper Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize. McGuinness lives in Oxford and Caernarfon, Wales. His website is www.patrickmcguinness.org.uk.

Subject: Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
Genre: Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.

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