This is the story of a crime committed for love: a crime that may never be discovered . . .
Tim Cornish is a young man with a golden future - until he meets Ivo Steadman, a palaeontologist at the same university, and the course of his life begins to run out of control. Together they travel to Alaska during the summer vacation. It is there that Tim meets someone else; someone who loves him ... and someone he can love. Will Tim's long night ever end? Where is the possibility of redemption?
- From the Penguin Web site
- Penguin Audiobook, 26/05/1994. Read by Alan Cumming.
- Some early versions of the Penguin Web site included a summary of this book which gave away the main plot twist. That should encourage the buyers . . .
May 26, 1994
To Phyllis Grosskurth
".Vine has produced a powerful, provocative tour de force that will haunt readers long after they have turned the final page."
- Emily Melton, Booklist
An unusual structure (three narrators take their turn, with each contributing a sequence that is both shorter and more illuminating than those which have gone before it) marks this dark story, which draws on the gloomy atmosphere of the English coastline to great effect. The central twist is particularly effective, while the Alaskan coast makes an unusual switch from the usual English settings. Not a book to be read late at night.