Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
In this enthralling debut novel, neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement in torture. As García’s supposed crimes are revealed, Patrick wrestles with what truth there may be behind the accusations, haunted as he is by his own youthful memories of the man and his family. But it isn’t until García’s shocking intentions come to light that Patrick begins to realize that however sophisticated his knowledge of the brain may be, it will take more for him to understand the human heart.
Praise for Garcia's Heart:
“This is one literary novel that reads like a thriller.” —Details
“García’s Heart beats with a riveting blend of science and suspense, perfect for fans of David Baldacci and John le Carré.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Durcan’s outstanding debut novel walks a taut line between skillful thrill and philosophical novel of ideas. . . . He already writes with an ease reminiscent of Graham Greene.” —Library Journal
“Like a cross between John le Carré and Ian McEwan, García’s Heart treads the line between an elegant, elegiac novel of ideas and a sophisticated political thriller.” —Pauls Toutonghi, author of Red Weather