The Light of Day

The Light of Day

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The Light of Daycombines a powerful love story and a narrative of intense suspense into a brilliant and tender novel about what drives people to extremes of emotion. As in his Booker-winning novelLast Orders, Swift transforms ordinary lives through extraordinary storytelling. This new novel from Graham Swift -- his first since the Booker Prize-winningLast Orders-- is the work of a master storyteller.The Light of Dayis a luminous and gripping tale of love, murder and redemption. George Webb is a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator, a man whose prospects seemed in ruins not so long ago. Following the course of a single, dazzling day in George's life, the novel illuminates not only his past but his now all-consuming relationship with a former client. Intimate and intricate in its evocation of daily existence,The Light of Dayachieves a singular intensity and almost unbearable suspense. Tender and humorous in its depiction of life's surface, Swift explores the depths and extremities of what lies within us and how, for better or worse, it's never too late to discover what they are. Excerpt fromThe Light of Day Two years ago and a little more. October still, but a day like today, blue and clear and crisp. Rita opened my door and said, "Mrs. Nash." I was already on my feet, buttoning my jacket. Most of them have no comparisons to go on -- it's their first time. It must feel like coming to a doctor. They expected something shabbier, seedier, more shaming. The tidy atmosphere, Rita's doing, surprises and reassures them. And the vase of flowers. White chrysanthemums, I recall. "Mrs. Nash, please have a seat." I could be some high-street solicitor. A fountain-pen in my fingers. Doctor, solicitor -- marriage guidance counsellor. You have to be a bit of all three. The usual look of plucked-up courage, swallowed-back hesitation, of being somewhere they'd rather not be. "My husband is seeing another woman."
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2003
ISBN: 9780679312451
0679312455
Branch Call Number: SWIF
Characteristics: 323 p

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EmilyEm
Jun 20, 2016

George Webb is a former cop, turned private investigator, still coming to terms with The Nash Case. And, if truth be told, the women in his life.
Well-paced and inventively written, there's a mystery to the story even if I was a bit let down at the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

Swift is a man of few words but he makes each one count. In his first novel since the Booker Prize winner, Last Orders, he offers us an electrifying tale of love, murder and redemption. A disgraced ex-cop running a detective agency finds himself falling in love with his client, and before he knows it he is embroiled in a murder case.

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