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The Extinction Club
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The Extinction Club
A Neo-Noir Thriller
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Nile Nightingale is on the run. Fleeing across the border to rural Quebec, he seeks refuge at an abandoned church when his junked-up, overstimulated mind takes in that he has just witnessed a body drop—in a bloody sack tied with Christmas ribbon. The contents, unconscious but still alive, turn out to be fifteen-year-old Céleste Jonquères, who has been beaten and slashed, like wild game, to slowly bleed out. From his hideout, as he nurses his patient back from the brink and begins to face his own life, he pieces together what he has stumbled into. Animal rights activists, Céleste and her beloved grandmother have taken on a vicious poaching ring, operating from Quebec's Laurentian Mountains and dealing in bear and other animal parts for the international market, with the collusion of corrupt rangers and police. Her grandmother has died suspiciously. And now that Nile has saved Céleste from the dead, the poachers and their accomplices in this small town have taken notice and are cautiously, but inexorably, closing in. Featuring two brilliant misfits as unlikely sleuths and by turns comic and darkly tragic, this haunting thriller is a neo-noir tour de force, abounding in puzzles and mysteries from a missing cat to the fate of the Eastern cougar.

Nile Nightingale is on the run. Fleeing across the border to rural Quebec, he seeks refuge at an abandoned church when his junked-up, overstimulated mind takes in that he has just witnessed a body drop—in a bloody sack tied with Christmas ribbon. The contents, unconscious but still alive, turn out to be fifteen-year-old Céleste Jonquères, who has been beaten and slashed, like wild game, to slowly bleed out. From his hideout, as he nurses his patient back from the brink and begins to face his own life, he pieces together what he has stumbled into. Animal rights activists, Céleste and her beloved grandmother have taken on a vicious poaching ring, operating from Quebec's Laurentian Mountains and dealing in bear and other animal parts for the international market, with the collusion of corrupt rangers and police. Her grandmother has died suspiciously. And now that Nile has saved Céleste from the dead, the poachers and their accomplices in this small town have taken notice and are cautiously, but inexorably, closing in. Featuring two brilliant misfits as unlikely sleuths and by turns comic and darkly tragic, this haunting thriller is a neo-noir tour de force, abounding in puzzles and mysteries from a missing cat to the fate of the Eastern cougar.

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  • Jeffrey Moore is the award-winning author of Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and The Memory Artists, which won the Canadian Authors Association Award (Best Novel), both published in some twenty countries. The Extinction Club was shortlisted for Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 1, 2013
    In this gruesome, quirky tale of animal cruelty from Arthur Ellis Award–finalist Moore (Red-Rose Chain), Nile Nightingale flees New Jersey—where he’s facing trumped-up charges for allegedly kidnapping his own daughter—for rural Quebec, where he discovers a 14-year-old girl, Céleste Jonquères, tied up in a sack and cut so that she will bleed to death. In nursing her to health, Nile learns the motive of this terrible crime. Céleste, along with her recently deceased grandmother, battled against a network of poachers and even helped to send Alcide Bazinet, a terrible animal torturer, to prison. Despite his failures as a father, Nile takes it on himself to protect Céleste, a decision that leads him into conflict with the backwoods world of hunters, corrupt wildlife officers, and Bazinet loyalists out for revenge. Stock villains—including the sadistic Alcide—tend to cheapen the story, but the narrative is held together by the strange yet tender relationship that develops between Céleste and Nile.

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    Starred review from April 15, 2013
    Animals don't have rights, and they don't torture beings for fun. So why do we call people civilized? Nile Nightingale is off the sauce, off the chemicals and eluding an APB that would send him to jail for DWI, assault and battery, and for kidnapping his daughter Brooklyn while his ex-gal pal tries to wrest his fortune from him. Actually, he only took Brook to the zoo, and she skedaddled home, but try convincing a vengeful mother that she's wrong. Nile winds up in the hinterlands of Montreal at the abandoned Church of St. Davnet-des-Monts just as a lumpy parcel is tossed from a truck. The package turns out to cloak the knife-split form of 14-year-old Celeste Jonqueres, whom Nile takes back to his rented cabin and sutures up. While she heals, the pair verbally spar over who they really are, what they've been doing and whether they can trust each other. Nile, who supports their isolated lifestyle by motoring to redneck stores, where he drops $20 bills for provisions, rifling his neighbor's deserted home and helping himself to his forest ranger ID, gear and weaponry, soon wrests Celeste's tale from her: She's an orphan home-schooled by a grand-maman who trained her to defy Laurentian poachers and loathe the historical marauders who tortured black bears and caused the extinction of sea cows, great auks, Eskimo curlews and Eastern cougars. It's moot whether the poachers killed grand-maman or whether Celeste helped the cancer-riddled woman to her exit, but whatever the reason, the anti-animal brigade is after Celeste and the man sheltering her, resulting in a skating-pond confrontation that will leave readers swiping at tears. Nile and Celeste's relationship--at times bantering, at times lovingly hectoring--will give enthralled readers the stamina to deal with the stomach-turning descriptions Moore (The Memory Artists, 2004, etc.) provides of past and present animal cruelty.

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