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Fiction Suspense

The Finder

A Novel

by (author) Will Ferguson

Simon & Schuster
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Suspense, Thrillers, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $15.05 USD

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From the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes a spellbinding literary adventure novel about precious objects lost and found.

The world is filled with wonders, lost objects—all real—all still out there, waiting to be found:

· the missing Fabergé eggs of the Romanov dynasty, worth millions
· the last reel of Alfred Hitchcock’s first film
· Buddy Holly’s iconic glasses
· Muhammad Ali’s Olympic gold medal

How can such cherished objects simply vanish? Where are they hiding? And who on earth might be compelled to uncover them?

Will Ferguson takes readers on a heroic, imaginative journey across continents, from the seas of southern Japan, to the arid Australian Outback, to the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the earthquake. Prepare to meet Gaddy Rhodes, a brittle Interpol agent obsessed with tracking “The Finder”—a shadowy figure she believes is collecting lost objects; Thomas Rafferty, a burnt-out travel writer whose path crosses that of The Finder, to devastating effect; and Tamsin Greene, a swaggering war photographer who is hiding secrets of her own.

The Finder is a beguiling and wildly original tale about the people, places, and things that are lost and found in our world. Both an epic literary adventure and an escape into a darkly thrilling world of deceit and its rewards, this novel asks: How far would you be willing to go to recover the things you’ve left behind?

About the author

Travel writer and novelist Will Ferguson is the author of several award-winning memoirs, including Beyond Belfast, about a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; Hitching Rides with Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb; and most recently the humour collection Canadian Pie, which includes his travels from Yukon to PEI.

Ferguson's novels include Happiness™, a satire set in the world of self-help publishing, and Spanish Fly, a coming-of-age tale of con men and call girls set amid the jazz clubs of the Great Depression. His work, which has been published in more than twenty languages around the world, has been nominated for both an IMPAC Dublin Award and a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and he is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal.


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Editorial Reviews

“Ferguson’s trademark wit abounds in this exuberant, entertaining and unconventional novel.”
SHARI LAPENA, New York Times bestselling author of Someone We Know

Praise for The Finder

“Witty, exuberant. . . . Part thriller and part travelogue, this highly original novel offers punchy storytelling and vividly portrayed locales. Ferguson is bound to win new fans with this one.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“The latest from the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winner is a pacey, globe-trotting tale of duplicity and misdirection.”

“Ferguson demonstrates the keen attention to place crucial to the travel writer’s trade: local lore and mores are explained in considerable depth, milieus are vividly depicted with an eye for the smallest of details. . . . While promising a thriller, Ferguson has instead delivered a powerful, if subdued, novel of thwarted dreams, loss and lingering pain, soul-deep conflicts, and the strong, often faltering drive for connection and redemption. The Finder is, finally, the best sort of con: one that pays off and leaves the victim—the reader—grateful for having been taken for a ride.”
Quill & Quire

“Cinematic in its twists and turns. The narrative globe-trots across three continents, threading together stories of far-flung characters linked by a shadowy figure. . . . Ferguson’s wit courses through the book.”
Literary Review of Canada

“So much fun. Filled with memorable characters and exotic locations, Will Ferguson's new book should be enjoyed by thriller fans, travel aficionados, and those that like a story where you have no idea where it's going to take you. It's an interesting and rewarding universe that Ferguson's mind occupies. I want a cottage there.”
DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR, author of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass

“This plucky and seductive adventure novel from the Giller Prize winner is set in a world where iconic objects like Buddy Holly’s glasses and Muhammad Ali’s Olympic medal go missing. A strange magic pulls the book forward, and Ferguson’s prose has a quick-yet-gentle lilt. It makes for a perfect escape.”