Renowned sculptor Roy Valois receives the worst news since learning of his adored wife Delia's death in South America fifteen years ago. His doctor tells him he's dying—and a morbid curiosity about how he'll be remembered inspires Roy, with the help of a local computer geek, to hack into a newspaper's system to read his prewritten obituary. But the death notice includes a small discrepancy about his late wife—and by calling the mistake to the attention of the surprised obit writer, Roy has inadvertently sealed an innocent man's doom.
Suddenly Roy has a mission: to uncover the truth about the woman he can't stop loving—secrets guarded by powerful forces who believe murder is an acceptable price for keeping them buried. With his disease-ravaged body's final betrayal rapidly approaching, Roy must somehow stay alive long enough to find the answers: Who was Delia? How did she die? Why did she die?
Did she die?
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Peter Abrahams is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, including the Edgar Award-winning Reality Check, Bullet Point, and the Echo Falls series for middle graders. Writing as Spencer Quinn, he is also the author of the Chet and Bernie series—Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and To Fetch a Thief. He and his wife live in Massachusetts with their dog, Audrey.From Booklist:
When sculptor Paul Valois learns that he has only months to live, his thoughts turn more frequently to Delia, his late, beloved wife. While undergoing an experimental treatment for mesothelioma, he discovers that Delia's death--and life--may have been different than he believed. Debilitated by disease and chemotherapy, he sets out to learn the truth. Abrahams' faithful readers may think he's revisiting the premise of 2005's Oblivion, but the character of Valois makes this a wholly different story. He's a tough, former college hockey player, a vigorous man who approaches his lethal disease as another opponent to defeat. In fact, Valois is almost vain about his strength and fitness and perplexed by anything that could diminish him so quickly. But he also observes the world around him with the vision and sensibilities of an artist. Abrahams' succinct prose effectively conveys these seemingly contradictory traits while generating empathy for Valois and his quest. The denouementseems a bit strained, but there's more than enough substance here to keep readers of literary thrillers engrossed. Thomas Gaughan
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