Police Constable Janet Taylor and her partner PC Dennis Morrisey answer a domestic dispute call. They not only come upon a gory, bloody scene, but eventually become part of it. Inspector Banks arrives to solve the complex case, but it's the aftermath of this case that takes him into the past to another horrifying series of murders.
Revisits the family home of the Chen siblings in 1930's and 1940's Vancouver. Kiam-Kim tells how he arrived in Canada at age three with his widowed father and grandmother. As he matures under the tutelage of his tough-as-nails grandmother Poh-Poh, he faces down several challenges to his family position, and also makes friends with the Irish boy next door.
Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul when his wife disappears, perhaps having run off with her ex-husband, Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist. When Celâl also vanishes, Galip investigates and finds himself assuming Celâl's identity. He pursues every clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he fears the worst.
Told through the eyes of four six-year-old children, each telling the history of one family, from present day California working backwards to the Holocaust era. With each successive child narrator, the reader moves closer to a dark family secret and the decades-long fallout from it.
Three young Chinese immigrants to Canada share their stories about growing up as new Canadians. They discuss their family and the relationships among its members, as well as their own childhoods which vary depending on their gender and age.
Pi lives in India, where his family runs a zoo. When their boat sinks enroute to Canada, Pi finds himself in a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. With his devout belief in three religions, Pi manages to keep his wits about him as the animals begin to assert their places in the food chain.
A history of humankind from the Stone Age through World War II, including accounts of cave people and their inventions, ancient life along the Nile and in Mesopotamia and Greece, the growth of religion, the Dark Ages and the New World.
Christina's affair with a mysterious stranger abruptly shatters the innocence of her son's childhood. As Vittorio tries to piece together the truth of his mother's crime, the reader is shown the hypocrisy and malice that lurks beneath the veneer of Catholicism in their small Italian village.
Gillian and Oliver are married with children and live in a rundown London neighbourhood. Stuart, recently returned from the US, is a successful owner of a chain of grocery stores. Outwardly, he appears to be indifferent to the fate of Oliver and Gillian, but it becomes clear that his memories of betrayal have not disappeared.
Detective Benny Cooperman is in a Toronto hospital after a blow to the head affects his memory and gives him alexia - he can write but can't read. When he learns he was found unconscious beside a dead woman, he figures he must have been close to solving a case. Benny tries to piece together the events that led to murder - and his own injuries.