George Gates is a former travel writer. He used to specialise in writing about places where people disappeared, sometimes individuals, sometimes whole societies. Now, since the murder of his eight-year-old son, Gates writes for the town paper about flower festivals and local celebrities.
Enter Arlo McBride, a retired missing-persons detective. Knowing Gates' past, he mentions the case of Katherine Carr, a woman who vanished 20 years before, leaving nothing behind but a few poems and a strange story. It is this story that spurs Gates to inquire into its missing author’s brief life and dire fate, an exploration that leads him to discoveries about life and death, mystery and resolution.
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I got this title purely because Robert G Slade was the narrator. He has a wonderful voice; very rich with just a touch of gravel and he also does women and children's voices very well which is quite rare. Well enough of the excellent Mr.Slade and on to the story. It has a dreamlike quality not in a weird, nonsensical, twin peaks way, grrrrrh I hate that kind of surreal kind of thing, always makes me feel like a total doofus for not getting the point! Anyhow this story is totally understandable but the language the writer uses just makes it all seem a little dreamy. The main character is very lost and bitter at the start of the book, as he finds his way through the story written by Katherine Karr, a woman who disappeared 20 years before .........well I can't really talk about what happens, even obliquely, because it would probably give too much away. Suffice it to say it was mysterious, dreamy, with lovely language, very well read.
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