The story is set in Montreal in the year 2039. Like most major cities, the air is poisonous due to unregulated industrial expansion around the globe. The war on terror has been going on for nearly forty years, with no end in sight. A few years earlier a small nuclear bomb was detonated on Canadian soil by a fringe terrorist group. This led to the American government sending in military advisers to help combat the spread of terrorism. Soon a militaristic administration was established, which curtailed civil rights and clamped down on dissent.
The main character is Allen Janus: everyone thinks he is a good husband and father, and a respected government official. But, despite having a good job and a wife and children who love him, he is dissatisfied. He finds little meaning or happiness in what he views as a monotonous life. He will do anything and lie to anyone to find some excitement to get him through his empty days. The physical decay of the world around him is reflected in his own decaying morality, and he leads a double life, gambling heavily and spending much of his time with a prostitute.
At home, he is faced with a relative who is well-loved and respected by everyone who knows him, creating feelings of resentment in Janus. In a moment of petty vindictiveness Janus informs on this man to the authoritarian government, getting him arrested and unintentionally turning the attention of the military police on to his whole family. He has to overcome his own weak character, as well as the secret life that he must keep hidden, in order to save everyone from the web of deceit that he created.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
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About the Author:
I spent 24 years as a defence lawyer in Montreal, where I live with my wife and two sons. But even as I was practicing law I had the urge to write, at first short stories, and then eventually full-length books. My first novel was The Guilty, a story based in large part on some of the experiences I had as an attorney. In my new book, Face/Mask, I speculate about the near-future, where the world is in physical and moral decay. I’m very interested in writing about people with major character flaws, who do things they regret and then have to find a way to get out of the mess they made. In other words, normal people.