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Those Who Knew

A Novel

by Idra Novey

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Those Who Knew by Idra Novey
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    Nov 2018, 256 pages

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Citizens of an unnamed island nation continue a slow process of recovery a decade after the end of a dictatorial regime, and a rising political star is discovered to be harboring a dark secret.

Idra Novey's blistering Those Who Knew explores the effects of totalitarianism, imperialist meddling and misogyny in a heady tale of violence and political dissent in which a popular senator is not at all the man he seems to be.

Victor, the senator, is on the fast track to the presidency. He is a young, liberal-minded voice for change who wins the youth vote by speaking out in favor of free college tuition. However, Victor's ex-girlfriend Lena knows the truth: he has a history of violence, and he was the last one to see a young female student named Maria alive before she (supposedly) stepped in front of a bus. Lena confides that she suspects Victor killed Maria to her best friend Olga, a merchant of books and marijuana, and they conspire to bring Victor down. Meanwhile, Victor's brother Freddy also has suspicions about what happened to Maria and faces a complicated choice about ...

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