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The Finder

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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?

Photograph by Kevin Hanson

Will Ferguson is the author of four novels, including 419, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, he has been nominated for both a Commonwealth Prize and an IMPAC Dublin Award. The Shoe on the Roof is his most recent novel. Will Ferguson lives in Calgary. Visit him at

Praise for The Finder

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

“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

Praise for The Shoe on the Roof

“Ferguson is a skillful and original writer, and over all, the novel is full of life. . . . The Shoe on the Roof’s lasting strength is in such sly jabs at the “alternative facts” and deep divisions we’re now reckoning with, making it a tale for the times.” 
— The Globe and Mail

The Shoe on the Roof is often laugh-out-loud funny despite its serious and tragic underpinnings. But it’s also thought-provoking, occasionally violent and will likely stay with readers long after the last page is read.” 
— Calgary Herald

“Absurdly funny.” 
— Quill & Quire

“Another gem from this Giller Prize–winning author.” 
— Canadian Living

Praise for 419

“A deeply ironic, thoroughly engaged politico-philosophical thriller from a comic writer best known for winning a trio of Leacock Awards. . . . You won’t sleep until you finish, and then rest won’t come easily. Riveting. Provocative.” 
— The Globe and Mail

“Heart-wrenching, fascinating, and scary. . . . An unflinching, ambitious work.” 
— Toronto Star

“A powerful read. . . . Ferguson is a heavy-weight.” 
— NOW Magazine

“Ferguson is a keen observer of landscapes and cityscapes, and has a brilliant ear for dialogue and accent . . . you will never see those creative 419 emails in your inbox in quite the same way.” 
— The Gazette (Montreal)

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