Cataract City by Craig Donaldson (65)

This book is a bout a tourist town called Cataract City. It has an uncanny hold over those born within its borders. It’s a place with more to it than first meets the eye.

Behind the dowdy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and souvenirs, are the townspeople who toil at the Bisk, the local cookie factory. Beneath that crumbling façade are the truly desperate: those drawn to gritty alleyways on both sides of the US-Canada border.  They are inhabitants of a shadow world that runs on money exchanged over dog races, bare-knuckle brawls, and nighttime smuggling.

Owen Stuckey and Duncan Diggs are born and bred in Cataract City. They grow into men who dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a traumatic childhood incident that has cemented their friendship.

However, in adulthood, their paths diverge. Owen manages to stay above the law, becoming a police officer while Duncan sinks deep into the town’s underworld.

Inevitably, the two find themselves pitched against each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. At stake is not only survival, but their lifelong bond, which is once again tested against the dangerous wilderness that waits just outside city lines.

This story certainly captured my attention, and it gave me a chance to read fiction, something that I don’t do a lot of. However, one of my goals with the Canadian Book Challenge is to keep stretching my reading and expose myself to different kinds of reading.

This story was different!  I loved it and will be on the lookout for more books by this author, who is just beginning his wonderful writing career.

About irenesroth

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