From the author of the “impossible to put down” PW Book of the Year, The Four Stages of Cruelty, a riveting new novel of friendship, betrayal and armed robbery
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the late 1980s, two young university students who share a tentative grasp on morality and a desire to lead remarkable lives convince themselves to risk everything and rob a bank. Chris, the son of a police officer and the one with the charmed life, wants to test his theory that it’s impossible to get caught. His best friend and accomplice hopes that out of the adventure he’ll get the material for the great novel he’s destined to write. Like Butch and Sundance mixed with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they begin a crime spree that escalates in daring and comic misadventure until they collide with consequences that will mark them both for the rest of their lives.
Inspired by the author’s real life boyhood friendship with a convicted bank robber, and by the morally ambiguous philosophies of Kundera, Conrad, Greene and Nietzsche, Flagged Victor is a gripping and darkly humorous novel of the rivalries, loyalties and betrayals of male friendship and the often crippling regrets of our youth.
“No book this thrilling has any right to be this intelligent. A brutal, delicate, raw jewel of a novel.”
-Stephen Marche, author of Shining at the Bottom of the Sea
HarperCollins Canada, Fall 2013