Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award!
THE NIGHT THIEF
Orca Book Publishers, Victoria BC, 2015
Simple country handyman Cedric O’Toole relies on his organic vegetable garden to supplement his meager income, so when vegetables begin disappearing from the garden, he stakes it out one night and spots a shadowy figure running into the woods. Cedric follows and finds a young boy living rough on his land. No stranger to childhood neglect himself, Cedric takes the boy under his wing and tries to find answers. Who is the mystery boy, and why is he hiding in the woods?
"Fradkin has skilfully adjusted the genre to fit the story she wants to tell, making the book appealing to a wide range of readers, both reluctant and eager alike. Highly recommended"