The Fate of Katherine CarrBook - 2009
George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared—Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.
Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.
Baker & Taylor
Shattered by the unsolved murder of his eight-year-old son, travel writer George Gates is approached by a retired missing-persons detective and given a mysterious story left behind by a woman who disappeared twenty years earlier.
Blackwell North Amer
George Gates was once a travel writer fascinated by places where people disappeared - the busy corner in New York City where Judge Crater was last seen, the ghostly bramble of the Lost Colony. Then his eight-year-old son vanished on a rainy afternoon. His body was later found, but his killer never, and Gates lost his taste for things that disappear. Now he writes trivial stories about flower festivals and local celebrities, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son's last day.
Enter Arlo McBride, a retired missing-persons detective who still ponders the case of Katherine Carr, a woman who vanished twenty years before, leaving nothing behind but a short story about an eerie stranger who opened her to love ... and a dark pursuit.
As Gates is drawn ever more deeply into Katherine's story, he is equally compelled to reconstruct the last days of its author's life, the inner world into which she disappeared before she vanished from the outer one. Inexorably, Gates's inquiry into the fate of Katherine Carr leads to the exploration of his own.
Shattered by the unsolved murder of his eight-year-old son, travel writer George Gates is approached by a retired missing-persons detective and given a mysterious story left behind by a woman who disappeared twenty years earlier. By the author of Master of the Delta.