Mary Cyr

From a coal mine in Mexico to a wealthy family in New Brunswick, David Adams Richards's novel revolves around a single mysterious woman.

David Adams Richards

Mary Cyr opens in Mexico, just as a disaster strikes a small town: a coal mine has collapsed, with 13 men trapped inside. Less than two days later, the authorities decide to abandon all hope of finding survivors and seal up the mine entrance — willfully oblivious to the half-dozen souls still breathing below ground. Shortly after, a 13-year-old Mexican boy, Victor, is discovered dead in the hotel room of a Canadian visitor — a 45-year-old woman, and heiress to a vast fortune, who goes by the name Mary Cyr.

Mary Cyr will take the reader from a harsh jail cell in Mexico, where Mary Cyr is imprisoned, deep into Canadian police officer John Delano's past and even further into the murky depths of a wealthy New Brunswick family. A family whose ties to mining, newspapers and a host of other interests lead to the highest corridors of power. At the heart of this maelstrom lies a woman who is compromised and confused, but also poignant, wounded and well-intentioned: the beautiful and tragic Mary Cyr. (From Doubleday)


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