Who hasn't dreamed of what they would do with 2 million pounds in their pocket; the just reward for working long hours whilst losing years, friends and maybe much more? The Nearest FarAway Place is a mystery adventure which starts with this premise and moves on to a methodical search for the lost past; a process which unearths dangerous characters who would rather not be found and reveals conspiracies extending well beyond the search for 'simply' the missed opportunities of a workaholic lifestyle. The primary character is an unlikely candidate for the star role in this fast paced murder mystery; Carl Denham is the software expert in a business partnership which ultimately puts the 2 million pounds and freedom in his pocket following a takeover. But this particular 'nerd' combines his IT skills with a strength of character sufficient to unravel a 10 year old mystery to find out just why his first and only real love had ended their relationship so abruptly. Along the way he needs to survive the extremes of false accusation of murder and attempts on his own life; quite some programmer! "I couldn't put it down" is a hackneyed phrase but is genuinely true for me in this case. The present day story graphically revolves around Silicon Fen (Cambridge, UK), East London and Southern England making it very accessible but also reaches out to the Eastern Bloc at the time of the cold war, adding brilliantly to the aura of mystery. The intriguing title of The Nearest FarAway place admirably sets the scene for the twists and turns the reader will encounter in this novel and the ever accelerating pace will leave you sleepless as you promise "just one more chapter" before lights out! I read this book in two days (and nights) flat, almost without pause. Read it yourself and I'm sure that like me you'll be scanning the shelves for Ray Crowther's next title just as soon as you turn the last page.
I met Ray Crowther a short while ago and he introduced me to The Nearest Faraway Place..... well what can I say? I normally like reading books whilst sitting on a sun lounger in the Caribbean but when I took a look at the first few pages I was hooked.
I found it difficult to put down and stayed up rather late each evening and as the story unfolded it became a complete mixture of thriller, love story, business empire building and pure intrigue.
It is written very cleverly to keep you on your toes all the time..... and don't be fooled into thinking you know what's coming in the next chapter... it has twists and turns a plenty.
A really enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone.
I came across this book by chance during a random browsing of the Internet. I was intrigued by the cover and then by the blurb, but I am a cautious person at heart and decided to visit the author's web site before making a purchase. There I found the first chapter and having read it, I wanted more. We find that the protagonist, Carl Denham, has done very little in the last ten years but involve himself up in founding and running a successful business. When a competitor makes an unexpected generous offer to buy his company, he accepts without hesitation, since he wants to use the freedom to exorcise the reason for his workaholic years. Relating the story to his business partner, it emerges that Sarah Zurek - Carl's girlfriend of eleven years ago, had had a nervous breakdown and mysteriously rejected him. Carl is still in love with Sarah, and sets out to discover what really happened to her. At this point, you might assume The Nearest FarAway Place is just a love story, but don't be fooled; Carl's search for Sarah uncovers plots and sub-plots, which take on murderous proportions. After the slowish start, you will rapidly turning pages eager to get to the thrilling climax of this author's first novel. The book has an easy flowing style and just the right quantity of well-characterised goodies and baddies that you can associate with. This large-format paperback is quite long, but you will soon finish it and want more...