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The Lucky Elephant Restaurant (2006)

by Garry Ryan

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When detective Lane learns that he is supposed to look for a missing child, some demons of his past come back to him. But the situation might be quite different this time as this child might have been taken by his father. Although, the concerned mother a famous radio-host for a religious programme seems to be more sinister and perhaps vicious. Ooooh, doesn’t that sound familiar: gay man versus zealous religious wacko?? Well, yes. But I have to admit that I changed my mind after some pages because what appeared to be a shallow story turned out to have much more layers: Lane is a family man with a partner and a dog, too, and they even get a child in their home. That’ll confront them with a completely new situation. And radio star Bobbie Reddie seems to be much more vicious than we thought. Lane was the only one who suspected that right away.
A nice read for a Sunday afternoon at home. ( )
  Kaysbooks | Dec 15, 2013 |
There's nothing quite like a good mystery novel. Deciphering clues and piecing together the puzzle alongside the detective is one of the more unique thrills in life, if only for the moment of realization when the clues fall into place and the culprit is apprehended. While a good book, local author Garry Ryan's The Lucky Elephant Restaurant is not quite a good mystery.

In fact, the interplay between the detectives and the psychological effects of their previous cases stand out amongst the stronger elements of the novel. Ryan crafts John Lane into a likable protagonist and makes him stand out from the genre's pack of analogous gumshoes by making him gay. The choice is not a cop-out, as the effects it has on his personal and professional lives are explored.

While The Lucky Elephant Restaurant is a book by a Canadian author set in a Canadian city, it avoids the typical pitfalls of Canadian literature. Ryan makes the story at hand the priority and never shoehorns the book into any city. The book could take place anywhere, the only indicators of its Calgary setting are the street names. Despite not being a particularly mysterious mystery novel, The Lucky Elephant Restaurant proves Canadian literature doesn't have to be bad.
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