“Sweet Sunday is set in the tumultuous ’60s . . . in the U.S., where private eye Turner Raines has a specialty: tracking down draft dodgers . . . convincingly nails the essence of those chaotic years.”Seattle Times
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2307-7 • $25.00 • Cloth • Nov. 2014
“A terrific job . . . excellent at catching the mood of that hot summer of 1969 when the Vietnam War had divided families.” Observer (London)
“A sprawling heartbreaker of a novel.” Literary Review
A standalone from one of England’s best-loved literary thriller writers, regularly compared to John Le Carré and Philip Kerr, Sweet Sunday takes the reader back to the hot, sweaty summer of 1969, the American summer in the American year in the American century.
Turner Raines is not a typical New York private eye. He is a has-beenamong the things he has been are a broken Civil Rights worker, a second-rate lawyer, and a tenth-rate journalist. But in 1969, as the USA is about to land a man on the moon, and the Vietnam War is set to continue to rip the country to pieces, Raines is working as a private detective helping draft-dodgers make it to Canada. As Norman Mailer finalizes his campaign for Mayor of New York, Raines leaves the city for Toronto, and by the time Raines gets back, his oldest friend is dead, the city has changed forever, and with it, his life. As Raines follows the trail of his friend’s death, he finds himself blasted back to the Texas of his childhood, confronted anew with his divided family, and blown into the path of certain people who know about secret goings-on in Vietnam, stories they may now be willing to tell.