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The Current

(2019)
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Tim Johnston, whose breakout debut Descent was called "astonishing," "dazzling," and "unforgettable" by critics, returns with The Current, a tour de force about the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people.
In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene - half frozen but alive.

What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community's memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.

Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes that she's connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths, and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown.

Grief, suspicion, the innocent and the guilty - all stir to life in this cold northern town where a young woman can come home, but still not be safe. Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive, The Current is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Tim Johnston’s second novel, The Current, is even better than his first, which is saying something. He’s a terrific writer and definitely a name to watch." - Dennis Lehane

"The Current is a rare creature: a gripping thriller and page-turner but also a masterwork of mood and language—a meditation on memory and time. You’ll want to go fast at the same time you’ll be compelled to savor each and every word." - Ivy Pochoda


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Hardback Editions

February 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Current: A Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Tim Johnston
ISBN: 1-4328-5920-X / 978-1-4328-5920-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Current: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Johnston
ISBN: 1-61620-677-2 / 978-1-61620-677-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Current: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Johnston
ISBN: 1-61620-983-6 / 978-1-61620-983-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Current
Author(s): Tim Johnston
ISBN: 1-68441-638-8 / 978-1-68441-638-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Co
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Current: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Johnston
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Current: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Johnston
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Current: A Novel
Author(s): Tim Johnston
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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