A Song for Leonard

A Song for Leonard

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The New York seventies murder that gave birth to a song ...

She was a beautiful young singer-songwriter with a dream,

but she ended up dead on a Madison Avenue sidewalk, a gun in her hand.

Just another New York mugging - except she was the mugger.

Eighteen years after Suzanne Finch was killed, her intended victim Charles Bateman stands accused of her death, and has only the lyrics of her songs with which to defend himself.

Set in a tense and lawless late-20th Century New York, the unexplained elements surrounding Suzanne's death are gradually revealed through the lyrics of the songs she left behind - including her Song for Leonard. As Charles is forced to defend himself, uncovering evidence of police persecution and religious bigotry, his own life is placed in jeopardy the closer he gets to the truth.

Was her dream just a fantasy, and did she deserve to die?

Adapted from the screenplay of the film noir mystery, "Bedevilled - A Song for Leonard Cohen", which won a Drama Award at the 2017 Cannes Screenplay Contest, was a Finalist in the 2016 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, and was the winner of the Empire Drama Award at the 2017 New York Screenplay Contest.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19mm | 490g
  • English
  • 0473638436
  • 9780473638436

Review quote

"... this is an intelligent novel, beguilingly sinister and disarmingly unpredictable. A hypnotically gripping conspiracy tale ... Fabler adroitly composes a complex tale, brimful of both suspense and delicate psychological observations. In addition, he skillfully renders New York City in the '70s in all its glamour and turpitude."


"A.I. Fabler's ability to create an atmospheric, tension-laden read creates a tale replete with unexpected twists and turns. The story and characters come to life in ways the typical murder accounts don't touch, making A Song for Leonard a powerful investigation of New York City culture and conundrums that grabs the imagination with many possibilities couched in a powerful series of revelations and self-discoveries. Its intrigue and introspection linger in the mind long after resolution is reached and answers provided in this musical interlude of discovery."

- Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"The story was a page-turner and full of suspense. I could not wait to find out more about Suzanne. She was a woman with dreams of her own and not just an addict. The characters' personalities are excellently described and were authentic and relatable. The language and social viewpoints enhanced the characters. The story is well-researched and superbly written."

- Alma Boucher, Readers' Favorite 5-Stars
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