"The Lost Highway is the masterwork of an artist at the very pinnacle of his talent, which will both attract new readers and satisfy those that already call him their own. David Adams Richards has firmly established himself as among Canada's foremost literary craftsmen and finest storytellers." -The Globe and Mail
"Richards is at the peak of his prowess as a master raconteur, once again tapping in to those deep and murky Maritime roots and crafting what might be the finest narrative work produced in this country this year." - Halifax Daily News
A highly suspenseful story of greed, betrayal and murder, The Lost Highway signals a thrilling new direction for one of this country’s greatest authors.
‘You can be a good man, a kind man, an officer of the human race, without having luck on your side. I have suffered enough, and have harmed no one.’
For twenty years, Alex Chapman has been at war with his great-uncle James, popularly known as “The Tyrant.” Disillusioned and ill-tempered, Alex believes James has destroyed his chances in life when things do not “turn out” for him. He especially resents his great-uncle for ruining his chance at happiness with his one true love, Minnie, who married another. Alex seems destined never to amount to anything more than an embittered dreamer, until the night he runs into the simple mechanic Burton Tucker. When Burton says he has just sold James Chapman a winning lottery ticket worth thirteen million dollars, Alex immediately knows that his uncle must never see the money.
Doubleday Canada, November 2007
MacAdam Cage, US, March 2008
A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2007
Governor General's Literary Awards Finalist 2008
Longlisted for the Giller Prize
"The Lost Highway is a worthy successor... Like a latter-day Thomas Hardy, Richards creates moral dilemmas and then traces their resolutions, for good or for ill, as if they were real. They are. " -What's On Winnipeg
"David Adams Richards’ work is both timely and timeless. The language and lyricism of his newest novel, The Lost Highway, captures the immediacy of vernacular speech from northern New Brunswick, while echoing almost biblical poetics." -The Chronical Herald
“Masterfully crafted, Richards has tightly woven a gripping tale of morality around the hunt for a winning lottery ticket. A must read, this is the work of an artist at the peak of his literary powers.” -Halifax Sunday, on the year’s Best Atlantic Canadian Fiction
“…his latest novel could be his best to date... Richards creates and then dissects his characters with a flawlessly sure hand.” -The Ottawa Citizen
"This is a novel that will keep you awake on a dark night, a book that is both suspenseful and unique in the rhythms of the author's language, filled with repetitions and forebodings. It is also impossible to put down.” - The Owen Sound Sun Times
"In turn mellifluous yet pithy, eloquent and elegant, insightful yet incendiary, he has the complete literary tool box and the skill to use it.....It's the most satisfying work yet by an artist at the pinnacle of his craft." - The Spec.com
David Adams Richards, twice winner of the Governor General's Award, co-winner of the Giller Prize and winner of the Matt Cohen Award, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer, is one of the country's most compelling and original voices. In addition, many of his novels have been adapted to film. He has been compared to John Steinbeck, Thomas Hardy, and Dostoyevsky for the way in which he is able to deal with eternal themes of ambition, love, honour and betrayal.