River Thieves is a beautifully written and compelling novel that breathes life into the pivotal events which shaped relations between the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland and European settlers. Following a series of expeditions made under the order of the British Crown, the reader witnesses the tragic fallout from these missions as the Beothuk vanish and the web of secrets guarded by the settlers slowly begin to unravel ...Told in elegant , sensual prose this is an enthralling historical novel of great passion and suspense, driven by the extraordinary cast of characters. And with it Michael Crummey establishes himself as one of Canada's most exciting new talents.
Michael Crummey is the author of three books of poetry: Arguments with Gravity, Hard Light, Emergency Roadside Assistance; and a collection of short stories, Flesh and Blood. He was nominated for the Giller Prize in 2001 and the Journey Prize in 1998, and is a winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award. Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, he now lives in St Johns.