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The Extinction Club
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  • Nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award (Best Novel, winner announced in April 2012)
  • Nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Prize (Best Novel)
  • Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award (Best Crime Novel)
  • Time Out (UK) Book of the Month (July 2010)
  • Published in 10 countries worldwide

“Dazzling… The Extinction Club is simultaneously a story about the search for identity in a rootless postmodern world, a meditation on the survival of the fittest in a culture that preys upon defenceless things, and a dynamite picaresque about the animal-poaching trade. All of these elements are beautifully interwoven in Moore’s haunting and darkly comic portrait of an unlikely friendship between two outcasts at the end of the line. Moore unfurls this friendship with a masterful flair for characterization and quick-witted dialogue… The two principal characters are superbly developed. Céleste, in particular, is a fabulous literary creation… Filled with dark humour and bright light, The Extinction Club is a moving and playful novel about the ultimate strength of human connections and the unquenchable will to persist in the face of hardship.”

Quill & Quire (March 2010)

 

“Brain-engraving imagery… A thrilling and chilling yarn about an addict on the run, attempted murder, redemption and organized animal cruelty in rural Quebec… Although Moore’s Laurentians are entirely imagined, he crafts a better, more believable, hope-filled and page-turning reality.”

Telegraph-Journal (April 17, 2010)

 

“Gripping and incisive. Moore integrates the novel’s philosophical inquiries into violence and predation with an undeniably dynamic plot. His is not another plotless Canadian novel, nor is it merely one gun-filled chase through the woods after another. These gun chases are punctuated with compelling ideas…”

Globe and Mail  (July 28, 2010)

 

“The main character is funnier, wiser, more observant and better read than just about anybody he comes across … His healing of Céleste will ultimately heal him, and repair whatever thwarted or unfulfilled paternal issues he may have left behind. He is, in a word, a sane man in a crazy world.”

Toronto Star (April 23, 2010)

 

“Hallucinogenic, mind-bending… Moore deftly transforms the Laurentians from idyllic cottage country to a macabre landscape filled with predatory humans … Its eerie undercurrent calls to mind a David Lynch film.”

Montreal Gazette (April 23, 2010)

 

“Jeffrey Moore's darkly funny literary novel … employs plot twists and graphic violence (though not gratuitous) that would easily qualify for a Coen brothers’ screenplay. Most important, the novel displays a wizardry with language, especially wordplay, that has parallels in the works of Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov and David Mitchell… Moore creates a believable, touching, hesitant build-up of trust between two unlikely friends. Like the Eastern cougar, thought to be extinct in Quebec for 50 years, Céleste and Nile are the last of their lines. They devise a dangerous plan to avoid being butchered, leading to a stupendously satisfying ending.”

Winnipeg Free Press (May 8, 2010)

 

“Sensitive, witty and believable… A well-delivered story.”

The Leeds Guide (July 7, 2010)

 

“This quirky, often humorous tale is a coming-of-age drama with a difference, a story which exposes the truth about human nature and makes a powerful, sobering point.”

Waterstones Books Quarterly (UK)

 

“Moore weaves strands of menace throughout as he builds towards the novel’s claustrophobic close. Chilling and horrifying, this is a novel to make you question the good in humanity.”

Time Out (Wales)

 

“A great dark read, a story of love, environmentalism, greed and redemption.”

Sun Bookshop Review (Melbourne, Australia)

  

“Jeffrey Moore begins in the thick of things: the dead of night, the middle of nowhere, the depths of mud and snow and the high-water tide of the narrator’s surging craziness… The two principal characters are superbly developed and their relationship is the winning formula for a great book.”

RTE Guide (Ireland)


The Extinction Club is a fantastic genre-bending tour de force, as sophisticated as it is brutal. It’s a literary mystery set in the magical lands of rural Quebec, where clocks run backwards and winter lasts as long as it pleases, where bears show up for dinner with broken hearts, where the trees shout out a different version of things all at once, and where no one but the children are wise. Only an anti-hero like Nile Nightingale, a former mental patient and drug addict from Neptune, New Jersey, is able to set things right. Spectacularly.”

Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals

 

The Extinction Club is a rare species, a novel championing animal rights that also tells a thrilling story. Jeffrey Moore creates an eerie landscape in which to explore our treatment, both compassionate and brutal, of our fellow creatures and one another. Like Michel Faber’s Under the Skin, this is a genre-defying and thought-provoking work.”

Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch

 

“Jeffrey Moore’s novels combine high-speed humour with a mysterious sadness, cerebral ingeniousness, and deep humanity. No one else knows the Laurentian Mountains better, or is better at making them work for him in fiction.”

Stephen Henighan, author of When Words Deny the World

 

“Marvellous. There is always a vividness to Moore’s books, I find, but this one is completely cinematic. There is such a classical feeling to the progression of the story, which plays out like theatre but remains full of surprises… I am always blown away by the details that become recurring threads throughout his work—including the eccentric detail: the origin of the word sardonic, the blue Gatorade reminiscent of barbershop comb disinfectant, the motorcycle jacket that reads ‘If you can read this the bitch fell off’... I could go on unreasonably here. I read my best books with a pencil in hand, underlining the things that amaze me. There is a whole lot of graphite in my copy.”

Melissa A. Thompson, author of Dreadful Paris

 

 “This well-plotted and suspenseful novel, with many lyrical passages and beautiful descriptions of nature, examines abuse of wildlife in Quebec… The writing is fresh and original, and the two main characters are wonderfully drawn and alive. Hemingway said that he did not work with characters but with people, and so does Jeffrey Moore. His protagonists are real—even if imagined—people. The novel is multi-layered—a fast-paced entertainment, a regional nature exploration, a comedy with quick-witted dialogue, and an environmentalist call to arms.”

QWF Jury, Hugh MacLennan Prize