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Published by Head
of Zeus, 4 October 2012. ISBN:
I found this a moving and insightful book.
The story opens with
the death by his own hand of Julian Wells, a writer, who explored through his
writing the crimes of man against his fellow man in the twentieth century.Asked by Julian’s sister to give a eulogy at
Julian’s funeral, Philip Anders, literary critic and Julian’s best friend looks
back over his friend’s life, and in doing so becomes convinced that his friend
had a secret, and that maybe it was because he was haunted by a crime that he
had committed that caused him to end his life.
And so Philip Anders
sets out on a journey to revisit the places that Julian visited to attempt to
uncover the mystery.It is a journey
that spans several decades and takes him to Paris,
South America and Spain.
He has few clues, but like all good mysteries he picks up clues along the
way.As he becomes immersed in his
investigations he relives conversations with Julian and wonders if he knew him
at all.He is also plagued by the belief
that had he been a better friend he could have prevented Julian’s death.
This is the story of an
intelligent, clever and complex man, who introspection and desire for experience,
knowledge and understanding takes him to dark places. And equally as we learn
through Philip about Julian, Philip is revealed.
As the story
progresses the reader is directed to certain conclusions, but the ending is
unexpected with horrific implications, and will give pause for reflection long
after the last page has been turned.Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
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.