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by Overlook Duckworth, September 2015. ISBN: 9780715650202
David Corman, a freelance
photographer who can’t sell his pictures any more, goes to the suicide death of
a young woman. He has to have a story
he can sell ... but what really caused this death?
lyrically-told novel is part investigation, part exploration of the artist’s
dilemma: integrity vs a living wage, and the extent of the sacrifice you’re
prepared to make for pursuing what you want to do. The narrative follows Corman
throughout: his relationship with his lively daughter, their run down
appartment, the news office, and his excursions into the city and the dead
woman’s life. New York in the rain is a brooding precence throughout, described
through a photographer’s eyes: the sheen on the puddles, the dampened
buildings, the discarded objects, like the doll by the dead woman’s hand. Past
New York is also brought to like through the photographs Corman has studied: a
worker high on scaffolding, the building of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the
Triangle factory fire. The mystery is investigated and solved satisfactorily,
but the book’s focus is on Corman’s life, and the decisions he has to make.
hauntingly atmospheric novel centred round a heart-tugging death.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Thomas H Cookis the author of
eighteen books, including two works of true crime. His novels have been
nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Macavity Award and the Dashiell
Hammett Prize. The Chatham School
Affair won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 1996. His true
crime book, Blood Echoes, was
nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1992, and his story
"Fatherhood" won the Herodotus Prize in 1998 and was included in Best
Mystery Stories of 1998. His works have been translated into fifteen languages.
Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an