Where do you go when you've lost the girl of your dreams? If you're Danny and Hank, the protagonists of author and filmmaker Martyn Burke's new novel Music for Love or War (Cormorant Books), you head straight to a Hollywood psychic. Even though you're supposed to be in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
By turns heartbreaking and comic, Music for Love or War whisks readers from encounters with the Taliban to the pathways of High Park in Toronto, and incorporates characters as diverse as Hugh Hefner and a menacing cardboard cutout of Liberace. Unmissable, witty and timely, the novel is a perfect spring read.