In 1928, David Karmi was born into a Jewish family in the (then) Romanian town of Halmi. David was the youngest of nine siblings. When he was six, his family relocated to the (then) Hungarian city of Satu Mare. During this time, Hungary became increasingly hostile to its Jewish population, and once Hitler rose to power in Germany this hostility became official policy. Even though David’s father, Gabriel, had served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I, the family was expelled to Poland. After unsuccessfully seeking to stay with relatives, the Karmis return to Satu Mare at great risk – only to find themselves dispossessed of their home and belongings. The family is again… Read more
Six year old Tracey Rudd goes missing from home, the London flat and studio she shares with her father Gabriel Rudd in Northcote Square. Rudd is a contemporary and controversial artist well known for his love of the grotesque and ability to attract publicity. Rudd’s most famous work was based on his wife’s suicide five years ago. Tracey is the third little girl abducted in this area recently, and her disappearance attracts a lot of attention from the press. Perfect, really, for Gabriel Rudd to try to reinvigorate his fading career, using Tracey’s disappearance as inspiration.
Chief Inspector David Brock and Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla have little to go on. There are no… Read more
‘ When the inevitable happens, you can accept the damage or look for someone to blame.’
The novel opens at the scene of a bombing, where a man bereft of memory is trying to escape. We then move to West Texas where a boy named Billy is looking for his family’s herd of bison. We learn the connections between these people: between Billy and his mother Rachel, and Jack who, with little memory of his past, manages to elude capture from those seeking him.
But why is Jack being sought? What has he done? And why is he drawn back to Rachel and Billy (his wife and son) whom he abandoned years earlier?
It’s the unfolding of the story that provides us with the… Read more