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This book is the winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award. Damien March is a disconsolate journalist working the nightshift at the BBC in London. He hasn't thought of his eccentric uncle for twenty years and so is shocked when he learns that he has inherited his uncle's ramshackle house on an isolated island off the coast of Cape Cod. Without a relationship compelling eugh to keep him in his humdrum life, Damien decides to take off to the Cape. But his new future means confronting his family's past. And when he discovers a fragment of an unpublished mystery vel, the parallels with his uncle's life quickly become disconcerting and sinister...
Marcel Theroux is the author of four previous novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award, and Far North which was short-listed for the America's prestigious National Book Award. He lives in London.