The Endless Knot

The Endless Knot

A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Book - 2006
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The tenth novel in the highly acclaimed Joanne Kilbourn series features the murderous fallout of a tell-all book on the troubled adult children of Canadian celebrities. When journalist Kathryn Morrissey's sensational book on the lives of thirteen adult children of prominent Canadians is published, one of the parents, Sam Parker, is furious enough to take a pot shot at the author, grazing her shoulder. Charges are laid, and Joanne's new beau, Zack Shreve, is hired by Parker as his defence counsel. At the trial, which Joanne is covering for NationTV, Shreve focuses the jury's attention not on who shot whom, but on why -- on the ethics governing the relationship between a journalist and her subject. Morrissey's betrayal of her subjects opens up questions about an even more serious betrayal -- the betrayal of children by their parents. While everyone condemns Parker for taking a gun to Morrissey, no one can fault his defence of his only child, Glen, a transsexual. The mutual love and commitment between this father and child stands in stark contrast to the alienation between Howard Dowhaniuk, Saskatchewan's former premier, and his son, Charlie. On the day of the verdict, Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne's investigation quickly has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child. A deeply affecting novel of trust and betrayal, The Endless Knot is a superb mystery by a virtuoso of the genre.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006
ISBN: 9780771016547
Branch Call Number: F BOW NVD
Alternative Title: Endless knot


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Dec 26, 2019

This was my first Gail Bowen (although it is 10th in the series).I highly recommend it.
It's always a little confusing to read a series out of order, and I had to struggle a bit to keep the characters straight in my mind. But from the first few pages, I knew it was going to be worth the effort. And by the end of the book, I wanted to read them all in order.
She touches on current issues and explores complicated moral and familial dilemmas. I love reading murder mysteries, but that wasn't even the most interesting part of the book (although that was satisfying too).
Finally, Canada is so familiar to Americans that we don't really think of it as a "foreign" country. But this author shows some of the ways the two countries are different, and I really enjoyed that.

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