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Product Details

  • Series: Russell Quant Mysteries
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897178247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897178249
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bidulka is skilled at juggling a number of balls, keeping the plot and subplots spinning until the end, prompting the greedy reader to demand: "Where's the next one?"." --Lavender Magazine (Minnesota)

"Bidulka is at his finest in his depictions of ordinary life..." --Lambda Book Report (New York)

"...a mainstream mystery with an engaging protagonist and an exceptionally well drawn cast of characters that intrigue and captivate the reader." --Spinetingler Magazine

"Quant...makes for a riveting hero...the kind of friend you want to have--unless you're a killer." --Mystery Scene Magazine (New York)

"Bidulka is clear evidence that writing in the mystery genre does not automatically preclude character development or emotional connection with the reader." --Wayves (Halifax)

About the Author

Anthony Bidulka is an avid traveller and party-giver. He lives in Saskatoon. This is the fourth book in his Russell Quant mystery series.

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I am the author of the long-running Russell Quant mystery series and the new thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint.

I was raised on a farm near the small town of Prud'homme, Saskatchewan. I attended the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (with distinction), a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) (with distinction)

I was hired by the international audit and accounting firm of Ernst & Young, then wrote and passed the grueling four-day Uniform Final Exam (UFE). I qualified for the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1993.

After a decade-long career, I left accounting to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a writer.

In 2003, Insomniac Press, Toronto, ON, published my first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery. With the very first book, the series became an instant success with book reviewers and readers, provincially, nationally, and internationally:

"Bidulka's Amuse Bouche is an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d'oeuvres from which it takes its name...It's an amusing, entertaining, and sometimes titillating story with a lively supporting cast of characters...What really stands out here is the subtle way that Bidulka comments on the ordinary lives in Russell's world. Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues...while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery." - Quill & Quire (Toronto)

Sold in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, the mystery series tells the story of a world-travelling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking, Saskatchewan, gay, ex-farm boy, ex-cop, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, prairie private eye, living a big life in a small city--Saskatoon.

The Russell Quant series is now a multi-award nominee including for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, Re-Lit Award, and Saskatchewan Book Award. The second book in the series, Flight of Aquavit, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men's Mystery, making me the first Canadian to win in that category. The American Library Association GLBT Round Table listed two of the Russell Quant books to its inaugural list of Best Reads in the mystery category (out of only nine titles).

An avid world traveller, I have also toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements and book tours. A great believer in community involvement, I have sat on boards and committees of Persephone Theatre, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, AIDS Saskatoon, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild Foundation, Crime Writers of Canada, the International Association of Crime Writers, and I am a co-founder of Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan (a life skills camp for LGBT youth).

One of my favourite sayings is "Life is short, but it can be wide". Proof of the same can be found at my website at: www.anthonybidulka.com.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Berkeley on April 28, 2007
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Anthony Bidulka is back with the fourth installment in the Russell Quant series and returns to the simpler form of the first two mysteries, eschewing the over-the-top style of the third, Tapas on the Ramblas. With one exception. In the middle of Stain, Bidulka takes a sharp left turn and devotes a chapter to not one, but two fantastically unbelievable yarns, one involving friend Sereena's background and the other involving Russell's uncle. Unnecessary. Otherwise, this is a good story about PI Quant's efforts to solve the death of a young woman: suicide or murder and how does this relate to strange happenings elsewhere in western Canada? The characters, recurring and new, are engaging and the descriptions of Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Vancouver and elsewhere greatly add to the enjoyment of the book. Bidulka leaves two dangling questions at the end: one about Jared and another about Russell and Alex and this reader hopes that he will be back with installment number five to answer them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd G. Kay on October 2, 2007
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I just finished this fourth book I've read in the series. They have all been different and this one was another step in the author's growth as a writer. I was enthralled. and sometimes disturbed. But I can't wait for his next one to be published, (in October) even though he has said on his website that the next book he is working on will not be a Russell Quant mystery. I hope that doesn't mean the end of the series. I know Russell and want to continue getting to know him in future books. Whatever, I will read any of Anthony's books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Long on December 18, 2006
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Anthony Bidulka just keeps getting better and better and I look forward to every novel. I couldn't wait till this was released in the states so I ordered as soon as it was released in Canada. I was not disappointed.

This, to me, is a much more personal Russell Quant story. He doesn't do as much world travel as in the other novels, but he does finally find the answers to several mysteries that have tantalized us since the very first novel. The ending is bittersweet and I look forward to seeing how Russell and his friends handle what life has handed to them in this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvia Bridger on May 9, 2007
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This installment of the Russell Quant series is full of pieces for every emotion. You'll even find answers to some questions you've been asking since the first book in the series.
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