At the heart of Russell Wangersky’s latest novel is Walt, a grocery store janitor, who collects the discarded shopping lists that customers leave behind or toss away without thought.
Almost invisible to the people who pass him every day, the grocery lists – written on everything from cancelled cheques to mortgage statements to office stationary- give him a personal hold over those who both ignore him and unwittingly disclose facets of their lives to him.
In his fifties, abandoned, he says, by his now-missing wife Mary, Walt is pursued by police detectives unsatisfied with the answers he’s given about her departure.
When a new cold case squad is formed in St. John’s to look into Mary’s case, detectives Dean Hill and Jim Scoville begin to realize that Walt may be involved in more than just his wife’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Walt has begun to insert himself directly into the lives of the people whose grocery notes he’s collected.
Set in modern-day Newfoundland, after reading Walt, You’ll be sure to never let your shopping list fall to the floor again.