“Dramatic and suspenseful.” Nola Theiss, KLIATT
978-1-84195-792-0 • $14.00 • Paperback • May 2006
In the tradition of international literary thrillers like Louise Welsh’s The Cutting Room and Niccolò Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared, James W. Nichol’s unique, unputdownable debut follows an adopted young man’s labyrinthine search for his biological mother and the murderous sociopath who tracks his every move.
A terrified three-year-old boy is found clinging to a wire fence at the side of a country road. His mother had whispered to him, "Never let go," then she vanished. The only clue found by authorities as to the child’s identity is a photograph of two summering teenage girls and a letter presumably written from one to the other.
Sixteen years later, Walker Devereaux is in Toronto to discover the truth about his biological mother, of whom he has a dim memory. Working as an after-hours cabdriver, Walker befriends Krista, a demanding, pretty, wheelchair-bound night dispatcher. Krista and Walker become fast friends, and she can’t help but involve herself with Walker’s quest to understand his shrouded identity. Soon enough, though, their off-hours sleuthing turns perilous. Walker and Krista’s trajectory through darkened Toronto streets and the eerie, densely wooded countryside veers this duo ever closer to that of another abandoned boy who has transformed himself into the embodiment of his own desperate, violent, and sinister pathologies.