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Cataract City

A Novel
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Craig Davidson
On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, life beyond the tourist trade isn’t easy. Locals like Duncan Diggs and Owen Stuckey have few chances to leave. For Duncan, that means shift work on a production line. For Owen, it means pinning it all on a shot at college basketball. But they should know better; they’ve been unlucky before. As boys, they were abducted and abandoned in the woods. Though they made it out alive, the memory of that time won’t fade. Over the years they drift apart, but when Duncan is drawn into a chaotic world of bare-knuckle fighting and other shady dealings, Owen, now a cop, can’t look the other way any longer. Together, they’ll be forced to survive the wilderness once more as their friendship is pushed to the limit in this white-hot novel by a rising star.

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A searing novel about two friends on opposite sides of the law, from the author of Rust and Bone, “a writer of immense power” (Peter Straub)

About the Author

Craig  Davidson
Credit: Andrew Myatte and Fanshawe College
Craig Davidson is the author of Cataract City; Rust and Bone, which was made into a critically acclaimed film; Sarah Court; and The Fighter. He lives in Toronto.
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  • “[Davidson] brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town. . . . The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Davidson writes fearlessly about cruelty, gleaming cartilage and a friendship built of broken bones.”Time Out New York
  • “Davidson downplays any whiff of macho glamour by evoking the headier reek of sweat, failure and desperation. In Cataract City, ‘You pay what you owe, or you’re made to pay.’”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • Cataract City is impressively dark and witty, and masterfully told.”Largehearted Boy
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