Michael Redhill is a novelist, poet, playwright, and former publisher of Brick. He is the author of the novels Consolation and Martin Sloane, a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize; the short story collection Fidelity; and the poetry collection Light-Crossing, among other acclaimed works. He lives in Toronto.
Jean Mason has a doppelganger, apparently. It hangs out in Kensington Market, where it sometimes buys churros and shops for hats. Jean doesn’t rattle easy, not like she used to. She certainly doesn’t want to get involved in anything dubious. But why would two different strangers swear they’d just seen her with shorter hair? Jean’s curiosity quickly gets the better of her, and she visits the market, but sees no one who looks like her. The next day, she goes back to look again. And the day after that. Before she knows it, she’s taking notes, obsessing and getting scared. With the aid of a small army of locals drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants she expands her surveillance. But when some of her enlistees start disappearing, it becomes apparent that her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate stranger than death.