The God Game - By Jeffrey Round
Politics. Drugs. Gambling. These themes interweave in The God Game by Jeffrey Round to spell out a story that is well played out in and around the Toronto setting. And when you infuse an extra element of murder into the mix, the intelligent mystery novel takes on an intriguing tale that is totally unputdownable.
The husband of a Queen's Park aide runs off to escape his gambling debts and Dan Sharp (PI) is hired to track him down. The city's political landscape verges on the bizarre -- a crack-using mayor (sounds scarily familiar?) and a major scandal looming -- Dan finds himself pitted against a mysterious figure known for making or breaking the reputations of upcoming politicians. Then a body turns up on Dan's doorstep, and he realizes that he's being punished for sticking his nose into dirty politics. Can he clear his name and the mystery?
A great read for the reader looking for a sharp-witted mystery rift with political drama. If you're into politics (and who isn't these days) then The God Game is just a dose into the world of do or die, high stakes ambition. And with an election season in the city, it's just the kind of juicy tale that will sometimes make you question whether art imitates life or life imitates art.
Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity.
The God Game is published by Dundurn Press.