Bestselling author Sam Bayer is stuck. Burned out from his third divorce, bored with the formulaic rut his writing has fallen into, and unable to deliver the manuscript for which he has been paid a stratospheric advance, he is desperate for inspiration. But a chance visit to his home town of Crane's View, New York sparks his imagination. Soon he immerses himself in an unsolved case of murder that took place when he was a teenager – Sam himself had found the body, and the victim was a beautiful and wild teenage girl named Pauline. At the same time he finds himself drawn into an explosive affair with a gorgeous but seriously loopy fan with the improbable name of Veronica Lake. As Sam learns the disturbing facts about his lover's past, Pauline's murderer re-appears – not only endangering Sam but putting his beloved 15-year-old daughter in jeopardy as well.
Not knowing whom to trust, Sam has to brace himself for the truly unexpected resolution to this decades-old mystery.
Jonathan Carroll was born in 1949 in New York City. He graduated from university in 1971 and got married in the same year. He moved to Vienna, Austria a few years later and began teaching. His first novel was The Land of Laughs (1980).
Carroll's short story, ”Friend's Best Man”, won a World Fantasy Award. Carroll's work has been short-listed for that award, the Hugo, and the British Fantasy Award, which he won for the novel Outside the Dog Museum. His collection of short-stories, The Panic Hand, won the Bram Stoker Award in 1995 for Best Collection.
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