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The Only Café

The Only Café by Linden MacIntyre
Aug 08, 2017 | 432 Pages
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The Only Café will transfix you with its disquieting and cautionary narrative. . . . [J]udicious and expertly timed. . . . The Only Café’s elegant prose attains a lyrical quality. . . . [A] testament to MacIntyre’s dexterity as a storyteller.” —The Globe and Mail

“[S]pare, propulsive and rich in observational detail and dialogue. . . . MacIntyre’s journalism training and experience . . . allow him to explore Lebanon’s labyrinthine, multi-factional civil war with authority and compassion.” —James Grainger, author of Harmless, Toronto Star
The Only Café is imbued with a feeling of lived authenticity.” —Quill and Quire


“MacIntyre is a masterful storyteller.” —Toronto Star 

“What is Linden MacIntyre, the famous and recently retired host of CBC’s fifth estate and the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for non-fiction, doing writing a crime thriller? Well, whatever he’s doing he’s doing it very well indeed. Punishment is another winner that displays all of MacIntyre’s talent for character development, for sympathetic treatment of people’s foibles and shortcomings, and for descriptions of landscapes—with the addition of amazing crime novel twists and turns. . . . [A]n absolute frenzy of unexpected exposés.” —Waterloo Region Record

“[A] gripping mystery. . . . [T]he reader remains on the edge of his or her easy chair.” —The Kingston Whig-Standard
Knife-twistingly powerful. . . . I have never read anything quite like it. It may echo the work of your favourite crime writers—or chroniclers of caustic small-town dynamics such as David Adams Richards—but this book stands adroitly on its own legs. . . . To say much more about the plot would be a disservice to the serpentine storyline MacIntyre sets in motion from the first page. . . . The momentum is unstoppable. At this point some readers might be saying to themselves, Is this THE Linden MacIntyre we’re talking about? The literary writer, veteran newsman, and Giller Prize winner? So you’re telling me he’s written a … what? Crime thriller? To which I might reply: In my estimation, yeah. It has all the trappings. And if those readers thought that a crime-themed novel could not possibly contain all the touchstones of powerful writing—incisive characterization, setting, and detail, all wedded to a propulsive plot—well, they and I would sit in different camps. The writing on display in Punishment is strong, as it is in all of MacIntyre’s work. The characters are utterly believable, their actions making sense within a complex morality-driven narrative. MacIntyre does such a good job at sketching the village of St. Ninian, employing just the right details about its places and people to situate the reader within it. He understands human weakness and motivation; in this novel he has put those talents, so evident in earlier and much-loved works, in the service of a propulsive plot. . . . It urges a reader to stay up deep into the night as I did, flipping pages feverishly. . . . Punishment is not Mystic River. It is its own wondrous beast, every bit as vigorous as Lehane’s own brilliant work. With it, MacIntyre cements his reputation as one of our country’s most vital writers.” —Craig Davidson, author of Precious Cargo and Cataract CityThe Globe and Mail 

“[A] stunning tale of vengeance.” —Zoomer

“Linden MacIntyre proves once again how adept he is at dealing with the topical and the taboo. . . . Punishment has a puzzle of a plot and will surely keep most readers guessing until the final pages. . . . MacIntyre has painted a brilliant picture of a small community where the close and far-reaching ties that bind can also strangle.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“[T]his page-turning novel is filled with revelations and surprises. . . . Linden MacIntyre has succeeded with a thought-provoking, powerful and important story.”  —Atlantic Books Today

I devoured Punishment in one weekend. After finishing I was left bereft. Now what would I do? Now what would I read? I was so drawn into this story, I never wanted it to end. Although I knew where it might be leading us, I had to keep reading just so all of this glorious MacIntyre greatness could unfold before my eyes. . . . I’ve waited with bated breath for a new Linden MacIntyre and thankfully, oh so thankfully, he delivered another fantastically moving and all-consuming page turner.” Literary Hoarders

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