KDL Recommends > Genre Fiction - Mystery > Edgar Awards
Author: Jesse Kellerman
Torn between envy and grief when his oldest friend dies, college professor Arthur struggles with his failed ambitions while reflecting on his late friend’s successes and marriage to a woman Arthur loves, with whom he reconnects over a series of surreal events.
An Edgar® Award Nominee for Best Novel
Jesse Kellermanthe international bestselling author of The Executor and The Geniusbrings his prodigious talent to bear on a topic he knows well in this hilarious and surprising spin on the modern blockbuster thriller novel.
Missing for months after a tragic boating accident, William de Vallée, the superstar thriller writer, is pronounced dead. His oldest friend, Arthur Pfefferkorn, receives the news with an unsettling mix of grief and envy. A middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations, Pfefferkorn can’t help but feel outshone by his friend’s successespecially since he married the woman Pfefferkorn loved.
But now Bill is gone, and Pfefferkorn is there to comfort Carlotta in her time of grief. Reconnecting with de Vallée’s widow makes more than one of his dreams come true . . . until it plunges him into a shadowy world of intrigue and double crosses, where no one can be trustedand nothing can be taken seriously.