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Timothy Taylor
The Rule of Stephens



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"The significance of being a survivor, in the case of Air France Flight 801, for a long time lay in the simple fact that there should have been no survivors."

Catherine Bach did survive, barely suffering a scratch. She hates the word "miracle," yet it feels that way at first. She returns to life as it was before the plane went down. The biotech startup she'd built from an idea to a multi-million dollar valuation continues its meteoric rise. But then things begin to go very wrong. Glitches in tests that are meant to run smoothly, design delays, security breaches, impatient investors. Catherine has a growing sense that her good fortune is spent, that the universe might be betting against her.

And then comes the late-night call, from one of the other survivors. He has a story to tell, a warning he says, about his own troubles, a life in ruins, his luck run out. And all at the hands, he insists, of a mysterious other, resembling him perfectly right down to the features of his face.

Madness, Catherine thinks. Or she tries to think as a mystery hedge fund launches a takeover attempt, run by a woman nobody seems to know but who is said to bear an uncanny resemblance . . . to Catherine. Catherine has always believed in an ordered, rational world--more Stephen Hawking than Stephen King. But with her life at the brink, she cannot shake the feeling that her "Rule of Stephens" may no longer hold.

Writing with stinging precision about the knife-edge balance between what is known and what is believed, Timothy Taylor bridges the divide between literary fiction and page-turning thriller in this psychological tale of guilt, doubt and doppelgangers.


Praise for Timothy Taylor's Stanley Park:

Shorlisted, Giller Prize (2001)

“A delicious stew of unlikely ingredients: globalization satire, culinary art and murder-mystery.” —Wall Street Journal

“Dark, slightly crazed, and black-and-blue funny. Timothy Taylor is supernova hot.” —The Seattle Times

“[Taylor is] one of the most graceful young stylists around . . . unflaggingly intelligent.” —Maclean’s

“Taylor may be on his way to becoming the head chef of Canadian letters.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“There is something unique and utterly convincing about Taylor’s fiction: it’s muscular without being overbearing, witty without going for easy laughs.” —The Globe and Mail

Stanley Park is a bit like Babette’s Feast or Chocolat. They all celebrate a meal that never was, a hope that the right meal can be turned into a Eucharist. Enjoy!” —The Vancouver Sun

“Nothing short of superb.” —London Free Press

“An astonishing array of passions and ideas . . . Brisk, insightful and stylish.” —The Hamilton Spectator

“Spirited and engaging . . . I cannot imagine why Mr. Taylor should not sweep America.” —New York Sun

Praise for Timothy Taylor's Silent Cruise:

“Gripping . . . Brilliant . . . Taylor is in an entirely different class of writers than many of his contemporaries . . . His skills are so outsized, the unfolding of his fiction so seemingly effortless, his creations so smart, generous.” —Toronto Star

“There can be little doubt that Taylor is one of Canada’s best short-story writers. He shows us the world completely absorbed and possessed by the human mind.” —Quill & Quire

“Few writers demonstrate the density, intellectual range and originality that Timothy Taylor does. This is a dazzling collection.” —The Ottawa Citizen

“Taylor’s stories are intelligent and immensely readable—no, enthralling—and some are about as perfectly gemlike as they come . . . Almost every one is a marvel of conception and construction. Ingenious, is what they are.”
The Globe and Mail

“Fans of Taylor’s previous book, Stanley Park, will expect the intelligence and rich polish on display in Silent Cruise…The collection ends with a novella . . . a work of baroque elegance and inventiveness. . . . that encapsulates the many occupations and preoccupations—food, art, technology, and the glories of a great con—that make Timothy Taylor a writer to seek and savour.” —National Post


Genre: Fiction—Psychological Thriller
Length: 240 pages (pb)
Publication Date: February 2018

Canada English rights, Doubleday Canada

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Photo Credit: David Middleton

TIMOTHY TAYLOR is a bestselling, award-winning novelist and journalist. He has an MBA from the Queens University School of Business and a BA of Economics from the University of Alberta. He became a freelance journalist and novelist after his short time in business, and, as of July 2013, has been full time faculty at the UBC Creative Writing Program. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.