Stung by William Deverell, ECW Press

Stung: An Arthur Beauchamp Novel

Deverell, William

  • Award–winning novelist William Deverell is back with a new Arthur Beauchamp legal thriller.

    Lawyer Arthur Beauchamp is facing the most explosive trial of his career: the defence of seven boisterous environmentalists accused of sabotaging an Ontario plant that pumps out a pesticide that has led to the mass death of honeybees. The story zigzags between Toronto, where the trial takes place, and Arthur’s West Coast island home, where he finds himself arrested for fighting his own environmental cause: the threatened destruction of a popular park. The Toronto trial concludes with a tense, hang-by-the-fingernails jury verdict. Realistic and riveting, Stung is a propulsive legal thriller by a beloved author at the height of his powers.


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  • After careers as a journalist, criminal lawyer, and political activist, William Deverell turned to fiction and on his first effort won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award. Since then, he has earned multiple prizes for his 20 published novels, including the Dashiell Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, two Crime Writers of Canada Awards (formerly the Arthur Ellis Award)for best Canadian novel, and two runners-up for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He holds two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees. He lives in Pender Island, B.C.

  • Published: March 2021

    ISBN: 9781770415959

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 592

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“Elegant prose and an endearing lead ease the way through the thicket of environmental issues. Fans of character-driven mysteries will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly

“Deverell’s Stung is relevant, rich with countless memorable characters, loaded with courtroom suspense, and above all, tremendously readable. Up there with some of my favourite legal thrillers, a list that includes Turow and Connelly.” — Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of Elevator Pitch and A Noise Downstairs

“Canada’s Raymond Chandler is at the top of his game in this rollicking, riveting tale of youthful valour versus corporate villainy. Both laugh-aloud funny and profound, Stung is a feast of wit, satire and suspense to keep you up all night.” — Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress

“No lawyer-turned-writer captures the hurly-burly of practicing real-life criminal law quite like William Deverell with his hilarious, enthralling plots. Stung is vintage Deverell at his razor-sharp best.” — Michael Slade, author of the Special X Mountie Noir thrillers

“Deverell deftly takes the sobering ecological catastrophe of crashing bee populations and turns it into a raunchy, rollicking, and riveting tale. It kept me up late laughing, and I wolfishly read it in a couple of days, cheering on the spunky heroine.” — Dr. David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment

“The great boast of our species is that we are intelligent, yet we seem unable to deal with the facts of environmental degradation. Bill Deverell’s Stung provides a powerful insight into why. Testosterone, lust, vested interest, drugs, profit, power, and even lawyers, judges, and the legal system itself constrain and bias our decisions and actions.” — David Suzuki, scientist, broadcaster, author, activist, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation

Stung is a political, legal thriller with all the elements to make the reader keep turning the pages. It’s complex, complicated, and entertaining … This brilliant, witty novel shows William Deverell at the top of his game.” — The Ormsby Review

“Along with its humor, every chapter of Stung offers both the cost of taking moral action, and the deep suspense of being human.” — NY Journal of Books

Stung — a blistering ride on a flaming meteor.” — Joy Kogawa, author of acclaimed, award-winning novel Obasan

“Some writers get better with age. Stung, William Deverell’s 9th Arthur Beauchamp novel, might be the best yet: it is deliciously witty, politically and ecologically timely, and filled with characters you’d happily spend time with. Deverell isn’t just one of our best crime/mystery writers. He’s one of our best writers, period.” — Brian Fawcett, author of Virtual Clearcut, winner of the 2003 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

“Irreverent, bawdy, and boisterous, Deverell’s foray into radical environmentalism on trial keeps the reader riveted until the last page. The courtroom scenes are brilliant.” — Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, author of Full Disclosure and Truth Be Told

“Arthur Beauchamp fans will not be disappointed as William Deverell takes us on another romp through politics, eco-saboteurs, and all things Green. This time, he adds a great character in Rivie Levitsky. A first-class page-turner!” — Elizabeth May, MP, and former leader of the Green Party of Canada

“I do hope that Arthur has not conducted his last trial, Stung demonstrates he still has the wit, presence and controlled aggression to conduct a trial.” — Mysteries and More blo