By Michael Gruber
a fireplace destroys a brand new York urban infrequent bookstore—and unearths clues to a treasure worthy killing for. . . . A disgraced pupil is located tortured to dying. . . . and people pursuing the main invaluable literary locate in background are approximately to go from the innocuous mundane into inescapable nightmare.
From the acclaimed, bestselling writer of Tropic of Night comes a wide ranging mystery that twists, shocks, and surprises at each flip because it crisscrosses centuries, from the evident violence of this present day into the darkish shadows of fact and lies surrounding the best author the realm has ever recognized.
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The ornate plasterwork on the ceiling was supposed to be a fine example of its kind; something for customers to admire as they slid to the floor at the end of an evening. And listening to some of these acts would have driven a Rechabite to drink. A skinny girl who rejoiced in the name of Rosie Rollings began to murder ‘Memory’ in a thick Scouse accent. Rosie for remembrance, thought Harry, closing his eyes, remembering another Rosemary. The gorgeous Mrs Graham-Brown. The brief encounter in reception earlier that day had stayed in his mind; merely to recall it roused him, made him shiver with the need to see her again.
There was a young girl, I doubt if she was sixteen - she was the one screaming, just outside the front door of the hotel. I slipped on my trousers and shirt and raced downstairs to grab hold of her and ask if she’d seen anything. ’ Finbar closed his eyes. His voice had become hoarse. ‘That’s another thing no bomber ever seems to understand. It’s not just those who lose their lives or their legs who suffer: everyone involved goes through their own kind of agony. I bundled the girl indoors, told Reg to take care of her.
Don’t think I don’t realise. Who would have imagined it? ’ He had already explained how, working as swiftly as ever, he’d called Sophie that morning after Pop In came to an end and invited her to lunch at the Ensenada. During the course of wining and dining her in lavish manner he had persuaded her to accompany him here. The Blue Moon was owned by an old friend of his called Rajeshwar Sharma, to whom Finbar always referred as Reg. Reg owned a chain of hotels in Merseyside, all of which catered for guests seeking a room and a bed rather than the last word in luxury.
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber