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Jonathan is a private detective in a decaying eastern European city. He is drowning in his work, his failing marriage, and the corrupt landscape that surrounds him. One day, he is approached by an elderly couple to investigate the disappearance of their daughter, who has been missing for nearly two decades. Troubled by the faded photograph of a little girl the couple presses on him—she's the same age as his own daughter—he feels compelled to find her. Then one night, as he is contemplating his troubled marriage, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel on the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, a woman who suddenly jumps into the icy water below. Plunging after her, Jonathan finds himself dragged into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence, and intrigue, and the city he thought he knew becomes strange, mysterious, and threatening.
Combining the language and imagery of film with those of an extremely gifted writer, Neil Jordan has created a haunting novel that intrigues, delights, and surprises with its precise language, sly humor, imaginative range, and narrative flair.

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Neil Jordan. (2016). The Drowned Detective. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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        The search for a missing girl draws a private detective into a sea of confusion and despair in this compelling, atmospheric novel. Jonathan's marriage to Sarah, already in distress, heads toward failure when he finds a cuff link that indicates her involvement with his close colleague. Then he accepts a seemingly insoluble case from a couple seeking his help in finding their daughter, Petra, who went missing 12 years earlier, when she was the same age his daughter, Jenny, is now. A psychic, a woman Jonathan also consults, has told Petra's parents that she is somewhere in an Eastern European city, confined in a small room. The night he fires his cheating colleague, Jonathan rescues a young woman who jumps off a bridge and escorts her home, where she enchants him with her cello playing, drawing him into a mysterious relationship that will soon touch Jenny, too. With a background of chaos, including rioting over what is found at an anthropological dig, award-winning author and film director Jordan weaves a story that is ghostly and mesmerizing, its narrative unreeling in a nearly hypnotic fashion, yet overlaid with a powerful sense of inevitability. A striking blend of mystery and Hitchcockian romantic suspense.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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