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Quill of the Dove

Quill of the Dove

By Ian Thomas Shaw

French journalist Marc Taragon is at the apex of his career in 2007. A tenacious idealist, Taragon has spent the last thirty years attempting to bring to readers the truths about the wars and political intrigues of the region. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremists and has earned many enemies. He agrees to be interviewed in Cyprus, by a young Canadian journalist, Marie Boivin, not knowing that Marie has a hidden agenda: to discover through Taragon the truth about her childhood.

Before Marie finds the answers she seeks, she is enmeshed in Taragon's plan to broker peace negotiations between a left-wing Israeli politician and a dissident Palestinian leader. Taragon succeeds in persuading the two adversaries to agree to an ambitious peace plan. The action then moves quickly through Europe and the Middle East as Taragon and his associates try to stay one step ahead of deadly opponents of their initiative.

Parallel to the main plot is the narrative of Taragon's early years as a journalist in war-torn Lebanon, his bonds to his partners in the peace initiative and Marie Boivin's tragic childhood.


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304 pages |

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Quill of the Dove is a gripping political thriller driven by memorable characters, both noble and nefarious, whose destinies are inextricably determined by war zones and conflicts. Spanning the Middle East, Europe and Canada, the novel delivers a fascinating quest for truth and love that illuminates the legacies of violence in our complex world.

Cora Siré, author of Behold Things Beautiful

Quill of the Dove is an impressive debut, and Ian Shaw brings a new voice that’s strong and confident, weaving a tale with a knowledge of culture and history that draws and transports the reader right from the beginning.

Dietrich Kalteis, award-winning author of Ride the Lightning

Shaw’s intimate knowledge of Israel and the Palestinian Territories grounds the drama in this heart-stopping political thriller.

Claire Holden Rothman, author of My October and The Heart Specialist

A raw & pristinely crafted political thriller based in the Middle East.

MacroMicroCosm Literary Reviews

Shaw's knowledge of the Middle East gives the novel a realistic feel, but he never lets politics get in the way of telling an engrossing story.

CBC Books

The novel's several plot lines are rich and masterfully connected to tell an inspiring and realistic tale, and the characters are well constructed and very real, indeed very human.

New York Journal of Books

This might have been Ian Thomas Shaw's second novel, but he has already established himself as one of the greatest writers in contemporary fiction.

Midwest Book Review

The Gatineau-based Shaw, a former diplomat and aid worker in the Middle East, has created a muscular cast of characters, some kindly, many brutal, involved for two decades in political and military conflicts.


Quill of the Dove is a bold tale of courageous ideals in pursuit of peace and human dignity.

Ottawa Review of Books

Shaw draws on his experience well and you can tell that his knowledge of the Middle East has served him well in this story.

Word, Pages, Books


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About the author

Ian Thomas Shaw was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last 33 years, he has worked as a diplomat and as an international development worker, living in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He currently lives in Aylmer, Quebec. He is the founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Prose in the Park Literary Festival and the Ottawa Review of Books. Quill of the Dove (Guernica, April 2019) is his second novel. He is the translator of Andrée A. Gratton's Choosing Eleonore (Guernica, September 2021).