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Dundurn Press Fall 2021

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Seven Down
By (author): David Whitton
David Whitton


Rare Machines - Toronto



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General Trade
Nov 02, 2021
$21.99 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 240 gr

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200 pages
Dundurn Press
Rare Machines
FICTION / Epistolary
Fiction: general and literary|Epistolary fiction
Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best First Novel 2022, Short-listed
In a series of interviews, seven hotel employees — all, it turns out, sleeper agents — puzzle out the events of a botched assassination attempt.

Seven ordinary hotel employees. Catering, front desk, management. Seven moles, waiting for years for a single code word, a trigger that will send them into action in a violent event that will end their dull lives as they know them.

The event has failed: the action was a disaster. Each employee is being debriefed by an agent of an invisible organization. These are the transcripts of these interviews. What they reveal is not just the intricate mechanism of an international assassination, but the yearnings inside each of its pawns, the desperation and secret rage that might cause anyone of us to sign up, sell out, and take a plunge into darkness.

Both sinister and absurd, this set of interview transcripts is a puzzle to be solved, a comedy, and a panorama of life. At once sociological, satirical, and scary, it paints portraits of the mundane human failings behind geopolitical machinations.

Story setting: Toronto

  • A fantastically puzzling debut novel about the lives of seven hotel employees — all, it turns out, sleeper agents
  • Give this to readers of Fredrik Backman (Anxious People, A Man Called Ove), Matt Haig (The Midnight Library), and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas)
  • Following the epistolary style, the narrative unfolds in the transcriptions of interviews conducted with the seven moles involved in a botched assassination attempt
  • Author's previously published story collection showcased his gift for different voices in first-person narratives

David Whitton is the author of The Reverse Cowgirl, a story collection. His short fiction has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Darwin's Bastards, Best Canadian Stories, and The Journey Prize Stories, and he is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program. David lives in Toronto.

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Whitton pens a debut that is both comedic and introspective, skewering the attempts of an organization trying to find out what went wrong with the group of people it tried so hard to manipulate. This one is perfect for fans of quirky novels like those of Fredrik Backman and Jennifer Egan. - Booklist

In Seven Down David Whitton shines klieg lights on the human condition with all its yearning, existential anxiety, and ridiculousness. With just the right amount of whodunnit and whydunit, this loopy and exhilaratingly tangential spy novel keeps the reader’s synapses firing on all cylinders. - Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living through Plastic Explosives and The Beguiling

Wildly original, economically written, profound, and very "now", Seven Down is a breath of fresh, vibrant literary air. - Kid Ferrous Reviews

Incredibly original! The writing is flawless, effortlessly weaving the events of the day together through the voices of seven sleeper agents, each with a distinct and unique personality creating a rich in-depth story you cannot possibly put down! - Partridge Pages

A witty, sharply written and concise story. - Boyd Blog

Hilarious and haunting… combines the paranoid atmosphere of Don DeLillo with the bureaucratic procedure and spy tradecraft of John le Carré, while evoking both laughter and horror. - Winnipeg Free Press

Highly amusing, and a much-needed antidote to the writings of too many spy novelists. - Ottawa Review of Books

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