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Bring Barney's Version, a Suspenseful and Hilarious Murder Mystery, to Your Reading Group

The wildly suspenseful and often hilarious Barney’s Version, by Mordecai Richler arrives in a new paperback edition this week. Taking place in 1950’s Paris, Barney Panofsky has to find his way out of his murder charges of his own best friend.

Barney Panofsky—Canadian expat, wily lover of women, writer, television producer, raconteur—is finally putting pen to paper so he can rebut the charges about him made in his rival’s autobiography. Whether it’s ranting about his bohemian misadventures during the 1950’s in Paris, his tumultuous three marriages, or his successful trashy TV company, Totally Unnecessary Productions, he quickly proves that his memory may be slipping, but his bile isn’t. But when he’s charged with the murder of his own best friend—caught in bed with the second Mrs. Panofsky—Barney’s version of things might not be enough to keep him out of trouble.

“Richler’s great achievement…. Ebullient, manic, over the top.” —Los Angeles Times

“A satisfying experience; this is a masterfully executed novel—a funny, touching, mature work.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A fine, funny novel…. Deft, irreverent, and affecting.” —The New York Times

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