Newsletter - 2014 Bumsted Picks - Jack's Pick

Tuesday Dec 02 2014
by Jack

The Rossiter File by Thomas Rendell Curran

A few years ago I picked up a book from a pile of trade paperbacks we had recently purchased from a customer and began reading it. I had never heard of its author, a man named Thomas Rendell Curran, and did not know what to expect. To my delight, the book was a joy to read, a wonderful blend of historic (and somewhat exotic) setting, interesting characters, and a compelling mystery. The book, Undertow, was set in Newfoundland in the late 1940s, just prior to that dominion joining Canada. I sold a few copies to customers, and then assigned it as one of the Book Club books. Our book club is composed of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and tastes, united only by their interest in crime fiction. They seldom agree on anything, but they unanimously concurred that Undertow was a great book.

Since then we managed, with some difficulty, to acquire copies of Curran’s third Eric Stride novel Death of a Lesser Man. We have also, I suspect virtually singlehandedly, lobbied successfully for the reprinting of the second book in the series, The Rossiter File. We were so anxious for it, in fact, that the publisher had them sent directly to us from the printer. This book, which continues to follow Stride, and his work as a detective in a remarkably complicated world that is simultaneous inherently Canadian and remarkable not, is my book of the year, but try them all. They’re great!

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