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The Singer's Gun

Written by: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents dealt in stolen goods, and he was a successful purveyor of forged documents until he abandoned it all in his early 20s, determined to live a normal life complete with a career, an apartment, and a fiancée who knows nothing of his criminal beginnings. He's on the verge of finally getting married when Aria - his cousin and former partner in crime - blackmails him into helping her with one last job.

Anton considers the task a small price for future freedom. But as he sets off for an Italian honeymoon, it soon becomes clear that the ghosts of his past can't be left behind so easily and that the task Aria requires will cost him more than he could ever imagine.

©2010 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Brilliant." ( The Boston Globe)
"A gripping story, full of moral ambiguities, where deception and betrayal become the norm, and where the expression 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma' is lifted to new heights." ( St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Something far rarer than the classic noir opening suggestions.... Eminently satisfying." ( The Washington Post)

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  • Nevermore
  • 2021-03-24

As if Leonard Cohen had continued to write novels

Wow. Simply wow. I was not surprised, upon doing some research, to find that ESJM is both a Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits fan; and far beyond a fan when it comes to LC, as I believe every one of her books has at least one secret little easter-egg nod to him. If you think of Leonard's Beautiful Losers, but put through the lens of time and experience, you might end up with something like the books of Emily St. John Mandel. Her writing style is hauntingly, achingly, exquisitely beautiful; and she uses it to tell stories that resonate along those lines and yet contain a certain brutal honesty about the human condition. It's if if she walks up to the dark nature of humanity, looks into it, and finds it not only ugly, but also beautiful, and then laughs. Of all her works, I think The Singers Gun may be the best. At the very least, it is my favorite thus far. I can't wait for her to write some more.

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  • Tina
  • 2017-08-08

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This author is talented and has a refreshing style. I thought the narrator did a good job, but wasn't great at accents...I imagine Edoardo Ballerini doing a bit better....but oh well...it was still very enjoyable and thought provoking. I didn't want it to end, and that is probably the best way to judge these books.

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  • Michael Kaiser
  • 2021-06-17

Another Winner

Ms St, John Mandel is a master storyteller. Sometimes you have no idea where you’re going but it is a great journey. I have read four of her book and love them all

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  • Dawn M. Gruenburg
  • 2021-01-01

I love this author

The story is interesting on many levels. The story is great. The motivations for actions are so nuanced that the characters cannot be forgotten

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  • Lyn Bender
  • 2023-01-08

Brilliant as always

This is a riveting as Emily StJohn Mantel’s previous books. Superb writing and stirring the great moral questions of enabling corruption.

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  • zizzaka
  • 2022-04-11

Beautifully Written

I really enjoyed this book. The author is a true talent. I must admit that I didnt LOVE the story- but doesnt that speak volumes to the authors skill?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-04-08

A letdown after Station 11

Parts of the story did not make sense and were totally unrealistic. Not her best work.

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  • trisha lines
  • 2021-09-29

3.5 ⭐

It took quite a while for this book to get interesting for me. Just when it finally picked up, it ended! I also had a bit of a hard time following the past/present back and forth. Overall, it was worth the read.

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  • tatiana grant
  • 2023-10-30

Fantastic!

I enjoyed this book tremendously and have nothing but praise. Well written and well executed story, characters are wonderful and very colorful. The book is cerebral and intense. It’s literally and deep.
So, in my opinion, it is worth adding to one’s library of books to love and cherish.
The best book I read in a while.
Thank you, narrator and the author for a wonderful experience of the journey.

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  • april
  • 2023-09-16

One eccentric story

ESJM is a wonderful writer and always has extremely unusual characters and situations. This feels like an early one but as eccentric as her more well known novels. I quite enjoyed the trip.

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