By Peter Straub
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307472229, 560pp.)
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
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MYSTERY. Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near fatal accident. During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t. Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life solving mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death. When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.
Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, most recently A Dark Matter. He has twice been awarded the Bram Stoker Award, for his novels Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room. He lives in New York City.
“A dark, labyrinthian tale of murder and family relationships. . . . Mesmerizing.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Sensational. . . . A terrific page-turner, superbly plotted, unforgettable characters.” —Kansas City Star
“Intriguing, immensely readable. . . . Engages the mind.” —Washington Post Book World
“The near perfect mystery. . . . Has everything a classic whodunit should. . . . Full of intricate, engrossing, flesh-and-blood suspects and heroes. . . . Unexpected curves and potholes. . . . The title says it all.” —Milwaukee Sentinel
“Murder, mayhem, mystery. . . . A complex and satisfying tale. . . . Compelling characters. . . . A pulse-pounding climax.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A tightly woven-tale, crisply rendered, populated with well-drawn characters.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Marvelous. . . . Enormously satisfying. . . . Unashamedly designed to fascinate.” —Sacramento Bee
“The best of Peter Straub’s writing.” —Houston Chronicle
“The characters are outstanding. . . . They are the story, enshrouded by a nightmare that never lifts. Peter Straub takes bold risks and he succeeds.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Enomously entertaining and scary. . . . Rich, complex, dark, and tough to put down.” —New York Daily News