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The Man Who Killed

January 2012

"Fraser Nixon's debut novel is a fast, sharp piece of work...in the subtlty of Nixon's examination of the consequences of violence, the meticulousness of the plot, and the beauty of the language The Man Who Killed is as literary as anything out there."

The Millions, Jan 19, 2012
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The Man Who Killed

January 2012

"Nixon seems to have created his own argot for the novel, filling the book with inventive slang...and self-consciously wry dialogue. But he gets away with it because the story is told in the first person, and Mickís charismatic persona makes the lingo breathe...Nixonís highly creative presentation elevates it several notches. An agreeable mixture of noir, historical fiction, and style."

Booklist, Jan 19, 2012
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The Man Who Killed

January 2012

"Like Raymond Chandler, Nixon possesses a poetís ear for the telling detail as well as the masterís gift of combining street-level realism with jaded romanticism."

Publishers Weekly, starred review, Jan 12, 2012
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The Man Who Killed

December 2011

"A stylish riff on sophisticated film noir posters of the early 1940ís...It is an impressive feat to get a largely black-and-white cover approved in a time when the refrain most often heard is, 'More colour, please!'" ó on The Man Who Killed's book jacket, chosen as one of the best of 2011

Quill & Quire, Dec 1, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

July 2011

"Thereís Houdini, and the King-Byng, and boozejackings, unfolding through a most inviting narrative haze. The novel remains artificial, a guilty, playful treat, but Nixon has well-tuned comic ear and generic stamina, and The Man Who Killed is enough to make us look forward to his next."

Rover: Montreal Arts Uncovered, Jul 24, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

May 2011

"The Man Who Killed is a terrific noir novel...Nixon, a former actor, painter, salesman and electrician, has a great eye for period detail and a solid grasp of the nuances of noir. This is a great weekend escape novel."

Globe & Mail, May 26, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

May 2011

"The Man Who Killed is an unqualified showstopper of a first novel. It's hard to imagine a more visceral evocation of time and place than the grim and grimy Gomorrah of the North that Nixon meticulously conjures into a blood-and-bone character out of Prohibition-era Montreal...A seething neo-noir tale of booze-running, murder, betrayal and knuckle-bruising politics."

Winnipeg Free Press, May 14, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

April 2011

"Nixon evokes a jazz-era Montreal to effect, but injects the scenes with the sinister. Caught in the murky territory of gangsters and prostitutes, this Jekyll-Hyde tale for the rum-running set is murky with guns, government corruption, drug money and self-justifications for thievery and murder...Nixon manages to provide a portrait of an emerging nation in this dark yarn, politicizing his gangster tale with a conception of a budding nation on the cusp of its own identity crisis, 'the fair-haired child of the Empire' who flirts with the evil underbelly of civilization."

Telegraph-Journal, Apr 23, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

April 2011

"The Man Who Killed is a rip-roaring, page-turning thriller with characters who will first charm and then terrify you, a noir setting that is vividly and realistically depicted, and a story that gallops along to its inevitable but still powerful climax without ever pausing to take a breath...Just be warned: once you begin reading, don't plan on going anywhere until you're done -- you'd need to be Houdini to escape this story's grasp."

Vancouver Sun, Apr 23, 2011
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The Man Who Killed

April 2011

"Though Mick plays the central role in the text, in many ways it is the city that is the most interesting character. Through the language and various references, Nixon goes out of his way to offer as much immersion into Montreal of the 1920s as he can...it allows the city to come to life, in all its gruesome glory."

BC Bookworld, Apr 12, 2011
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