From Booker Prize nominee Michael Collins comes "a wonderfully creepy murder mystery" (People), about a novelist whose last hope for fame may be the deepest secret in his past.
For E. Robert Pendleton, a professor clinging to tenure and living in the shambles of his once-bright literary career, death seems to be the only remaining option. But his suicide attempt fails, and during his long convalescence, a novel is discovered hidden in his basement: a brilliant, semi-autobiographical story with a gruesome child murder at its core.
The publication of Scream causes a storm of publicity and raises questions about its content--in particular, about the uncanny resemblance between Pendleton's fictional crime and a real-life, unresolved local murder. How did Pendleton know the case so well? And why did he bury Scream in his basement? A rare blend of suspense, humor and insight, Death of a Writer is "dark, disturbing and damnably good." (Baltimore Sun).
Collins, whose The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Booker, presents a sardonic view of academia in this literary crime novel. E. Robert Pendleton's heralded first novel secures him a teaching position at exclusive Bannockburn College in the Midwest, but his career is on the skids because he hasn't published recently. When an old friend, acclaimed writer Allen Horowitz, arrives at Bannockburn for a lecture, the despondent Bob attempts suicide but fails. While helping Bob recuperate, graduate student Adi Wiltshire discovers cartons of a self-published novel, Scream, in his basement; recognizing its brilliance, she and Allen arrange its reissue without the incapacitated Bob's knowledge. The successful new edition of Scream attracts the attention of cold case detective Jon Ryder, who notices close parallels between its story and a local unsolved murder. Collins keeps the tension high as the ambitious Adi, arrogant Allen and dogged Jon work together and at cross purposes to discover the truth. The philosophical and literary digressions may annoy some readers, but all should appreciate the fully-realized characters, lyrical place descriptions and dark, circuitous plot. (Sept.)
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September 02, 2007
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