George Gates is a former travel writer. He used to specialize in writing about places where people disappeared, sometimes individuals, sometimes whole societies.
Now, since the murder of his eight-year-old son, Gates has written gentler stories for the town paper about flower festivals and local celebrities. Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective who, knowing Gates' past, mentions the case of Katherine Carr, a woman who vanished twenty years before, leaving nothing behind but a few poems and a strange little 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 276 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 29/07/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781849162067
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Review by adithyajones
An intelligent mystery thriller about the disappearance of a woman and a reporter's quest for solving this baffling mystery. This novel slowly builds up the suspense and never let you go. Cook's powerful writing has such a mesmerizing power that you can only marvel at the way how words are string together and the various permutations and combinations he throws about the direction in which the story is taken forward.