This is on the surface a detective novel set in an un-named eastern European city, possibly Kiev or Lvov in Ukraine and features an English couple Jonathan and Sarah with their daughter, Jennifer. Jonathan, an ex-British Army soldier has set up a business specialising in finding missing persons while Sarah works as an Archaeologist. One day, an elderly couple come to the office and Jonathan and Istvan, his partner are hired to investigate the disappearance, years earlier, of the couples child, Petra. From this point the novel diverges from the usual lines of the detective story as Jonathan engages the help of a psychic and former beauty to help locate the girl. Meanwhile, Sarah is having an affair with Frank, another employee of the detective firm. One evening, while returning to the office, Jonathan saves a suicidal girl from drowning while crossing a bridge and begins a relationship with her though all is not as it seems…
The story has many twists to it with the mitteleuropa architecture of the city echoed by the gothic twist in the storyline and the tension heightens with the increasing political turmoil. I loved this book. Neil Jordan turns his hand to detective writing with the same skill as he shows in all his writing and film directing.
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