The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis

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We’re very excited to be giving away three sets of 10 copies of The Hidden Keys, a concise, gripping and poignant mystery from the Giller Prize-winning author of Fifteen Dogs, André Alexis.

Aside from being a brilliant story, The Hidden Keys is perfect reading group material: the book explores how far we can push the boundaries of loyalty, what family ties really stand for and how we stick to our morals in the face of the law.

About the book

In the depths of the ill-reputed Green Dolphin bar in Toronto, Tancred encounters Willow. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides a clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and solve the puzzle.

A Japanese screen, a painting that plays music, an aquavit bottle, a framed poem, and a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater … Are these really clues, or has Tancred fallen victim to the delusions of a junkie?

An array of eccentric characters can be found within the pages: from enigmatic and principled super-thief Tancred Palmieri, to his new friend, the upper-class heroine addict Willow Azarian, to wily taxidermist Alexander von Wurfel, to Willow’s heroin dealers, a young albino named “Nigger” Colby and his sidekick, Freud, a club-footed psychopath, to Detective Daniel Mandelshtam, his most adored friend.

A gripping story, unforgettable characters and an exploration of friendship and loyalty at its heart, all in a compact 240 pages.

Closing date: 16 August

Watch the Canadian trailer for The Hidden Keys:

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