In the 1970s, a group of Californian university drop-outs live in a grungy house and take drugs. One of them, Quinn, abducts an English child and commits a horrible crime. In the 1990s Quinn is let out of prison and gradually the truth of what he did is revealed.
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A group of Californian students frequent a remote old house to experiment with LSD. One of them, Michael Quinn, is both highly intelligent and truly evil. The search for pleasure turns to nightmare when a child is killed. Quinn is responsible for this and other crimes, but implicates the others, who include the gentle Paul Dunsany and the pragmatic Hal Jamieson. As the police net begins to close, it is Jamieson who leads the search for an escape.
Now, Twenty years later, just as Quinn is unexpectedly released from jail, a mysterious young Englishwoman named Joni Lascalles begins to ask questions that will unravel the past. she seeks out Dunsany. Does he want to get involved again in this dangerous business? In the end, he will not have a choice. Because as the trail leads back into the closed world of software mogul Hal Jamieson, it becomes apparent that the horror of the past is poised to engulf the present, leaving no one untouched by its power.
Turn by turn, shifting effortlessly between two eras twenty years apart, the story is played out with relentless compulsion to an overwhelming climax. Evoking music and the hidden world of quantum science, murder and the search for redemption, 'Epiphany' is a superb thriller of our times.
"David Hewson has an altogether wider range of literary and cultural reference than most thrillers. Impressive…"
'Epiphany' comes slowly but remorselessly into flower, like a sort of poisonous garden, real, seductive and horrible, with twists and turns that make you shout with surprise, and the occasional vista of actual beauty. Plus is a really skilful novel. Watch out for this guy"
SAM LLEWELLYN, author of 'Riptide'
"It's one of those very rare books that damn hard to put down. A tantalising mystery, a thriller, an intense trip into the seamy underside of Flower Power, it balances past and present so cunningly and readably, you just can't stop zooming through the pages"
CAMPBELL ARMSTRONG, author of 'Jig'
David Hewson is a former Features Editor of ‘The Independent’, and now a freelance for a variety of international newspapers, including the ‘Sunday Times’ and ‘The Times’. A licensed aircraft pilot, he has flown throughout Europe and America, and was the founder and first editor of the aviation magazine ‘Flyer’. He is the author of three travel books on the sights, history and culture of southern Spain. He is married, with children.
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