Howard Norman - My Darling Detective
A two-time National Book Award finalist, Norman is one of contemporary fiction’s most engaging storytellers. In his latest novel, set in Halifax in 1977, the author of The Bird Artist, The Haunting of L., and many other books deftly uses noir elements for a rich tale of family, history, and secrets. Why does Jacob’s mother, a former librarian now living in the Nova Scotia Rest Hospital, throw black ink on a famous Robert Capa photograph at an auction? Jacob’s fiancée is the police detective assigned to the case, but the deeper questions turn on fathers, not mothers, and the narrative loops back to shocking anti-Semitic incidents from 1945.