No Quarter by John Jantunen, ECW Press

No Quarter

Jantunen, John

  • In this blistering new novel from visionary author John Jantunen, three young men with a history of violence are on a collision course set against the idyllic backdrop of northern Ontario’s cottage country.

    Rene Descartes, a recently released ex-con, is living in a ramshackle trailer only a short distance from Hidden Cove, a secluded paradise where the country’s rich and famous relax in opulent gated summer retreats. A savage attack against Rene by the son of the fourth richest man in the country spurns a brutal act of revenge that will ignite this paradise into a fiery vision of hell on earth. As the flames threaten to engulf rich and poor alike, only Deacon Riis, a small-town reporter haunted by his own past, suspects it wasn’t Rene who set Hidden Cove ablaze but someone with a far more sinister agenda: to write into life the apocalyptic world imagined by the late George Cleary, a local novelist who was convinced that the end of times is now.


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  • John Jantunen lives with his wife and two sons in Capreol, Ontario. His debut novel, Cipher, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize while his second, A Desolate Splendor, was also an apocalyptic thriller. No Quarter is his third book.

  • Published: November 2018

    ISBN: 9781770412057

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 384


No Quarter has the skeleton of a thriller, but author John Jantunen consistently zigs where other narratives would zag, creating a story that is far stranger and disturbing … the connections add a wonderful layer of dread to No Quarter.” — Shelf Awareness

“A unique and extraordinary novel by an author with a genuine flair for character and narrative driven storytelling, John Jantunen’s No Quarter is a simply riveting read from beginning to end … very highly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.” — Midwest Book Review

“Jantunen’s adrenalin-rushed, blistering descriptions and revved up plotting burn pretty hot.” — Thrilling Detective blog

“All in all, No Quarter is a solid read, particularly for those who enjoy their thrillers local.” — Toronto Star

“[An] intense and gripping novel from an author with a well honed gift for narrative driven storytelling, John Jantunen’s No Quarter is a riveting and original story of violence played out against the bucolic and picturesque background of northern Ontario’s cottage country.” — Midwest Book Review