Arthur Pfefferkorn is a has-been: a middle-aged professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone Pfefferkorn professionally, but married the woman he loved.
Pfefferkorn's decision to reconnect with de Vallèe's widow sets in motion a surreal chain of events, plunging him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted. When he finds an incomplete manuscript, rewrites it and passes it off as his own, he inadvertently puts himself in the middle of a conspiracy where his written word has the power over life and death, and one death may be his own!
Hardcover Book : pages
Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc. ( June 28, 2012 )
Item #: 13-582045
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.84inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I've read quite a few books by this author and enjoyed them but this books is just awful. The story line is so absurd. I skipped over quite a few parts to get to the end just to find out if the plot was some kind of joke...it wasn't...it was just a very bad plot. Don't waste your money on Potboiler.
The book description makes reference to a "surreal chain of events". I didn't realize, before beginning my struggle to get through to the end of this book, that "surreal" would be such an apt description of the story --- the "chain" of surreal events is virtually endless. Definitely not my style and definitely not a book that I would recommend to anyone --- except to those who actually enjoy reading stories which are built upon "intense irrational realities of a dream" (Definition of Surreal)