David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her—yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
detectives investigating Alice’s suspicious death have plenty of
personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily
married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly
bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies
of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and
then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife.
these men are in the business of figuring things out, even as Pepin’s
role in Alice’s death grows ever more confounding when they link him to a
highly unusual hit man called Mobius. Like the Escher drawings that
inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex,
interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle,
and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of
affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it
possible to know anyone fully, completely? Are murder
and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into
the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?
Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is
a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the
relentlessly mysterious human heart—and a first novel of the highest
order. Who is this girl? And where is Black, the one who got away?
Abandoned time and
again by those he holds dear, Patrick Clement is forging a reputation as
a forensic sculptor, helping to identify the unclaimed missing. But he
can’t leave behind a remarkable summer night in 1993, spent alone on
Brighton’s derelict West Pier with Black, a beautiful photography
student. Patrick is haunted by the fact that no sooner did he get to
know her than she disappeared from his life...
on, while at work, Patrick is tasked with reconstructing the skull of
an unidentified girl found on the pier in the 1970s – the pier he still
thinks about. A crime he recalls from childhood, when his family life
was in turmoil, Patrick works to discover the truth behind what has
Set in Brighton, The Girl on the Pier spans several
decades, from the seventies to the present day. Inspired by literary
novelists such as Ian McEwan, Anne Tyler and John Updike, Paul uses
vivid images to make the reader feel as though they are right there in
the story. The Girl on the Pier will appeal to lovers of psychological
thrillers and suspense novels.